The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday they would be cutting back on the use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants for the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies from this point forward.
“Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we serve is central to our mission at the Justice Department,” Attorney General Merrick Garland stated.
“The limitations implemented today on the use of ‘chokeholds,’ ‘carotid restraints’ and ‘no-knock’ warrants, combined with our recent expansion of body-worn cameras to DOJ’s federal agents, are among the important steps the department is taking to improve law enforcement safety and accountability,” he added.
Police tactics involving the use of chokeholds or “carotid restraints” and no-knock warrants have both become flash points across the country amid calls for reforms to address systematic racism in policing against the Black community.
In June, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22½ years in prison, for killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck. The chilling murder was caught on video, as Floyd repeatedly cried out “I can’t breath.”
Meanwhile in Louisville, Kentucky, police shot and killed Breonna Taylor after executing a no-knock warrant.
Under the department’s new policies, chokeholds will only be allowed if the use of deadly force has been authorized.
Federal agents will also not be able to use no-knock warrants without seeking approval from senior department officials first.
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