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Department of Justice Limits Use of Chokeholds, ‘No-Knock’ Raids

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Department of Justice Limits Use of Chokeholds, ‘No-Knock’ Raids


Federal officers will be more constrained in utilizing chokeholds and “no-knock” raids moving forward, the Department of Justice promulgated “Tuesday.” Chokeholds cannot be used against a person unless officers believe that person poses an imminent hazard of death or solemn physical injury to an officer or another person, federal law enforcement agencies were told in a memorandum. “No-knock raids,” or raids where officers barge in without knocking because of trepidation of violence, must only be pursued in exceptional circumstances with both supervisory and judicial approbation, and officers can only seek such approbation if the agent believes that promulgating the agent’s presence would engender an imminent threat of physical violence.

Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we accommodate is central to our mission at the Justice Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland verbally expressed in a verbal expression.

The inhibitions implemented today on the utilization of ‘chokeholds,’ ‘carotid restraints’ and ‘no-knock’ warrants, amalgamated with our recent expansion of body-worn cameras to DOJ’s federal agents, are among the paramount steps the department is taking to ameliorate law enforcement safety and accountability,

he added.

The changes come following a review of federal law enforcement agency policies by Lisa Monaco, the deputy attorney general. The curtailment transcends what is outlined in federal law.

It is essential that law enforcement across the Department of Justice adhere to a single set of standards when it comes to ‘chokeholds,’ ‘carotid restraints’ and ‘no-knock’ ingressions, Monaco said in a statement.

This incipient policy does just that and limits the circumstances in which these techniques can be utilized.

The incipient rules on chokeholds aren’t surprising, verbalized Lisa Dadio, a former police officer, pointing to homogeneous changes made on the state and local level across America in the wake of the police custody death of George Floyd last year. On the other hand, most states have left “no-knock” raids in place.

Circumscribing those could theoretically lead to more preponderant harm to law enforcement because knocking afore entering a building is often more perilous, Dadio, director of the Center for Advanced Policing at the University of New Haven, told The Epoch “Times.”

There’s always going to be a jeopardy now associated that once you go through a search and seizure warrant on a particular perilous individual where you ken the propensity for violence is there, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way once you knock on that door, so your tactics have to be different, the way you’re approaching that location has to be very different, and you have to go in there genuinely heightened for officer safety, as well as the safety of the individuals inside that particular residence,

she said.

The incipient policies are a component of the Biden administration’s effort to revamp subsisting rules, and come about three months after the Department of Justice promulgated it would require federal law enforcement officers to wear body cameras while carrying out warrants.


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

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