UNITED STATES – The American federal police will no longer be able, with some exceptions, to carry out strangulation or to intervene without announcing, two practices much criticized, announced this Tuesday, September 14 the Minister of Justice.
“The limitations put in place on the use of pressure on the carotid artery and on ‘no knock’ warrants (which allow people to enter a person without announcing themselves, Editor’s note), as well as our recent expansion of cameras worn by Federal agents are important steps in improving the safety and accountability of police forces, ”said Merrick Garland, quoted in a statement.
The announcements come as the Republican minority in Congress blocks the passage of a more ambitious reform of the police force, despite repeated calls by Democratic President Joe Biden for the text.
The bill, introduced after the murder of African-American George Floyd in 2020 by a white policeman, who remained kneeling on his neck for nearly ten minutes, provides in particular to prohibit strangulation catches for the approximately 18,000 forces. police force of the country.
“Police use of force”
After this tragedy, which upset America and sparked monster demonstrations against police violence, several municipal police forces have already given up on this technique considered risky.
According to the “police use of force” project, which lists the policies of the 100 largest police departments in the United States, 71 today formally ban or restrict choke holdings, compared with 28 before the death of George Floyd.
Federal agents will only be able to use it if the suspect threatens to kill or seriously injure the police officer or someone else, according to the ministry’s new rules.
As for warrants that allow a suspect to enter a suspect without announcing themselves, federal police officers will only be able to request them in limited cases and will have to obtain the agreement of a prosecutor and a superior.
Federal police forces have more than 130,000 full-time members, compared to more than 460,000 in state, city or county police forces, according to statistics from the Bureau of Justice.
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