US Justice Department Limits Use of Chokeholds, No-Knock Warrants by Federal Law Enforcement

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The US Justice Department has placed new limits on the use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants by federal law enforcement agencies, the department announced Tuesday.

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The agency said in a statement that it has “policies expressly prohibit the use of ‘chokehold’ and ‘carotid restraint’ unless lethal force is authorized.”

The circumstances in which federal law enforcement officers can make “undeclared entries” in people have also been reduced.


The announcement was made after a review by the department’s law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.

“Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we serve is central to our mission at the Department of Justice,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in the statement. Limits implemented today on the use of “chokehold,” ‘carotid restraint’ and ‘no-knock’ warrants, along with our recent expansion of body-worn cameras for federal agents of the DOJ, are significant steps the department is taking. are among. Improving law enforcement security and accountability.”

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The use of aggressive restraint practices by law enforcement became even more controversial in the US following the death of an African American man named George Floyd, who died in May 2020 after white police officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on the back of his neck. happened. For more than nine and a half minutes he repeatedly shouted that he was not breathing.

Two months ago, white plainclothes police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, fatally shot an African American woman, Breonna Taylor, during a devastating raid on her apartment with a no-knock warrant.

Floyd’s death, captured on cellphone video by a bystander, inspired global protests against institutional racism and policing practices, particularly in the US.

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