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Justice Department limits use of chokeholds, ‘no-knock’ raids

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that federal officials would be more limited in using chokeholds and “no-knock” raids.

A chokehold may not be used against a person unless officers believe that person poses an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to an officer or any other person, according to federal law enforcement agencies. was stated in a memorandum. “No-knock raids” or raids where officers enter without a knock because of fear of violence should only be pursued in exceptional circumstances with both supervisory and judicial approval, and officers may only seek such clearance if the agent believes Declaring that the agent’s presence would create an imminent threat of physical violence.

“Building trust and confidence between law enforcement and the public we serve is central to our mission at the Department of Justice,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

Limits implemented today on the use of “chokeholds,” ‘carotid restraints’ and ‘no-knock’ warrants, along with our recent expansion of body-worn cameras for federal agents of the DOJ, are significant steps the department is taking. are among. Improving law enforcement security and accountability,” he said.

The changes come after deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco reviewed the federal law enforcement agency’s policies. The deduction is beyond what is set forth in federal law.

“It is essential that law enforcement at the Department of Justice adhere to a set of standards when it comes to ‘chokeholds,’ ‘carotid restraints,’ and ‘no-knock’ entries,” Monaco said in a statement. “This new policy does just that and limits the circumstances in which these technologies can be used.”

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The new rules on chokeholds are not surprising, said Lisa Dadio, a former police officer, pointing to similar changes made at state and local levels across the US in the wake of the death in police custody of George Floyd last year. On the other hand, most states have conducted “no-knock” raids.

Limiting them could theoretically do more harm to law enforcement because it is often more dangerous to knock before entering a building, Dedio, director of the Center for Advanced Policing at the University of New Haven, told The Epoch Times.

“Now there’s always going to be a risk that once you go through a search and seizure warrant on a particular dangerous person where you know there’s a tendency to violence, you’re going to put yourself in harm’s way after knocking on that door. so your strategy must be different, the way you are getting to that place must be very different, and you have to be really there for the safety of the officers as well as the people inside that particular accommodation have to go.” said.

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The new policies are part of the Biden administration’s effort to revise existing rules, and come nearly three months after the Justice Department announced that federal law enforcement officers would be required to wear body cameras while under warrants.

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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