The Justice Department decided on Tuesday that they were going to scale back the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies use of chokeholds as a means of restraining suspects and executing no-knock warrants at homes before entering the premises.
“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 went on to say.
“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,” Garland continued.
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.”advertisement — content continues below
Meanwhile in Louisville, Kentucky, police shot and killed Breonna Taylor after executing a no-knock warrant.
Under this new Justice Department policy, chokeholds will be prohibited from use by federal law enforcement unless deadly force has been authorized.
In order to properly and lawfully use no-knock warrants, federal agents will be required to get approval from senior officials.