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Biden Justice Department Bans Police Chokehold EVEN IF IT MEANS MORE SHOOTINGS

Biden Justice Department Bans Police Chokehold EVEN IF IT MEANS MORE SHOOTINGS

Federal law enforcement officers are no longer permitted to use “chokeholds” unless their lives are in immediate danger, announced the Department of Justice on Tuesday.

Critics say the ban – which is a direct response to the death of George Floyd in May 2020 – will put officers’ lives at risk and may even lead to an increase in shootings. 

“A chokehold will not always be used correctly and people may die even if it is used correctly, but is it better for an officer to use a chokehold rather than shoot a suspect? We would say yes,” notes The Bulletin‘s editorial board. “We hope it never comes to that, but taking away the option for a chokehold can dramatically limit the options for a police officer in a life-and-death struggle…Forbidding police from using chokeholds may guarantee more people are shot by police.”

More than 17 states have banned or limited the use of chokeholds by police since Floyd’s death. Before his death, the practice was only prohibited in Illinois and Tennessee. 

The state of Vermont took things a step further, threatening police with up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 if they are caught using a chokehold.

“If we say chokeholds are prohibited, police will still use chokeholds,” argues Lorenzo Boyd, director of the Center for Advanced Policing at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. “If we say, ‘chokeholds are now felonies and if you use a chokehold we can now prosecute you,’ I think that would change the narrative.”

Changes at the federal level also include limits on unannounced entires or “no-knock” warrants. 

More than 84 proposals to ban or restrict no-knock warrants have been introduced nationwide since the death of Breonna Taylor in March 2020.

Taylor was shot and killed by police after her boyfriend fired a gun at a group of plainclothes officers as they forcibly entered her Louisville apartment during a drug-dealing investigation. Police insist they announced themselves, but Taylor’s boyfriend claims he heard nothing and thought the officers were intruders. 

Per the new federal policy, no-knock warrants are only allowed in cases where an officer “has reasonable grounds to believe that knocking…would create an imminent threat of physical violence to the agent and/or another person.” In my opinion this policy makes little sense as it is impossible to predict what threats may lie behind a closed door.

On Monday, speaking to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed plans to increase federal monitoring of local police departments to ensure they are complying with standards. 

“Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we serve is central to our mission at the Justice Department,” said Garland, adding that federal investigations have resulted in “significant improvements in police departments” nationwide despite causing “frustrations and concerns within the law enforcement community.”

The Department of Justice will immediately move forward with 19 separate actions regarding the monitoring of police departments.

“Policing is an indispensable profession,” concluded Garland. And the Department of Justice “cannot fulfill its public safety mission without you and without close collaboration with you.”

Author’s Note: Does a handful of accidental deaths warrant these restrictions on police officers? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. 

Sources:

In cities and states across the US, Breonna’s Law is targeting deadly no-knock warrants

DOJ limits chokeholds, ‘no knock’ warrants by federal officers 

George Floyd killing prompts some states to limit or ban chokeholds

DOJ announces new federal monitor program to oversee police departments

Editorial: Oregon should not ban all use of chokeholds by police 

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11 Comments

  1. Dan Tyree

    Why doesn’t the retard administration condemn attacks on the police? Silence is golden

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  2. Ben

    There is NO reason for police to use a choke hold in subduing a suspect. It is a straw man argument between choking the life out of someone and shooting them.

    Be Best!

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    • Joseph S. Bruder

      It’s not even very effective – if alone, it requires the policeman to be immobilized as well, during which time anything could happen. Anyone who is truly dangerous could just as easily get the upper hand. If a policeman (or even two) tried to put an MMA fighter into a headlock, he (or they) would likely lose. It only works against someone who is not struggling to start with, like George Floyd.

      If there are more than one policemen at the scene, it’s just brutal and unnecessary. There are lots of joint locks that are more effective that won’t even injure a suspect, and cuffs and/or tasers are just as effective. Training on non-violent de-escalation should be mandatory for all policemen. The use of deadly force should be a rarely-used option, not the first technique pulled out of the bag.

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      • Dan Tyree

        Unless you have or are wearing a badge stfu

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  3. Donald Cook

    Floyd was a USELESS Criminal, He died from DRUGS.

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  4. Robert L. Kahlcke

    B.L.M. = “BLUE LIVES MATTER”. Period
    (criminal lives not at all)

    These DEMOCRAT COMMUNIST OPERATIVES, must be purged from the United States of America. FORTHWITH

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    • Ben

      Rob,

      The thin blue line is a legal gang used to terrorize as extract protection money from the populace.

      Besides, blue lives didn’t seem to matter on 1-6

      Good luck with the purge.

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  5. Joseph S. Bruder

    Wow, your readers are totally ready to defend police against the idea of black offenders… But there was none of this outrage at the attacks on the Capitol when it was white nationalists attacking police.

    Alice, that is why I pick on you about your writing… I don’t think you know who your audience really is… But you’re an adult, if you want to turn into Larry, so be it…

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    • Dan Tyree

      I greatly value the lives of police officers above criminals of any color. But you libturds like to play the race card. Poor little colored boys are supposed to be left alone to be criminals. I know that many aren’t, but someone should explain why that they aren’t to be dealt with harshly when resisting arrest. Is it because of their ancestors being sold into slavery by their own kind? Or because they used to have to ride the back of the bus? I believe that force should be reasonable but the best way to keep from being handled by the police is to be law abiding citizens. I don’t have that problem.

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  6. Glenn S

    Typical liberal power grab and nothing more. Police departments have made it for decades without Federal “oversight” and functioned reasonably well; misuse of power results in local correction very quickly. AND look what federal “oversight” has done for our public school system!

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  7. Ben

    Glenn,
    You are correct that Police departments have made it decades without federal oversight. Unfortunately, thousands of innocent citizens haven’t. That is why we need the oversight.

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