PHOENIX BANS CHOKEHOLDS

The Phoenix Police Department said Tuesday it will no longer allow officers to use a dangerous chokehold.

Police Chief Jeri Williams, who leads the law enforcement agency in the nation’s fifth-largest city, said the change will take effect immediately.

“We can’t function as a department without the trust of our community and there are adjustments we can make to strengthen that trust,” said Williams, the city’s first black, female police chief. “I am confident this moves us closer to that goal.”

Phoenix joins several other cities where police departments have taken action involving the “carotid control technique” in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

Democrats in Congress proposed this week a massive overhaul of police procedures, including a chokehold ban. The Justice in Policing Act addresses several aspects of policing that have faced pushback, especially as more police violence is captured on cellphone video and circulated around the world.

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