DOJ limits use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants

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Justice Department announced On Tuesday that will reduce federal law enforcement agencies’ use of chokeholds and “no-knock” search warrants.

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why it matters: The change in federal policy comes as the Justice Department investigates misconduct in police departments across the country.

  • Several local governments have banned or limited the use of chokeholds and/or no-knock warrants by local law enforcement after the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor last year called for police reform.

description: Under new policies from the Justice Department, federal law enforcement is prohibited from using “carotid restraints” and chokeholds. Unless lethal force is authorized.”

  • This policy “limits the use of ‘no knock’ entries in connection with the execution of warrants generally to situations where an agent has reasonable grounds to believe that disallowing and declaring the agent’s presence would would pose an imminent threat of physical violence to the agent and/or any other person,” the DOJ said.
  • Agents seeking a “no knock” warrant must obtain “supervisory approval from both the federal prosecutor as well as the law enforcement component of the agent,” the department said.

What are they saying: “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 a 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.”

go in: DOJ says federal officers now required to wear body cameras while serving warrants

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