Minneapolis Instituting a Big Ban After George Floyd Death

No more chokeholds to be allowed by police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 5, 2020 1:56 PM CDT
Minneapolis Instituting a Big Ban After George Floyd Death
Martin Luther King III, left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, second row center, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, right, during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University on Thursday in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police, and to require police to report and intervene any time they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer. The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody, the AP reports. The agreement, which will be enforceable in court, requires any officer, regardless of tenure or rank, to immediately report the use of any neck restraint or chokehold from the scene to their commander or their commander's superiors.

Similarly, any officer who sees another officer commit any unauthorized use of force, including any chokehold or neck restraint, must try to intervene verbally and even physically. If they don't, they'd be subject to discipline as severe as if they themselves had used the prohibited force. The agreement also requires authorization from the police chief or a designated deputy chief to use crowd control weapons, including chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades, batons, and marking rounds. It also requires more timely decisions on disciplining officers.

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