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Justice Department bans strangling, no-strike raids for federal agents

The US Department of Justice has announced that it will ban strangulations and “no knocking” entry throughout the department.

The change will prevent federal law enforcement officials from carrying out unannounced raids and using “carotid restraints” unless lethal force is authorized.

“Building trust between law enforcement and the public we serve is at the heart of our mission at the Department of Justice,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. “The limitations implemented today on the use of ‘chokes,’ ‘carotid restraints,’ and ‘no-knock warrants,’ combined with our recent expansion of body-worn cameras to federal DOJ agents, are part of the important steps the ministry is taking to improve the security and accountability of law enforcement.

Carotid restraints and smooth raids have been the subject of public scrutiny in recent years.

Breonna Taylor was killed when Louisville Police conducted a no-hit raid on her apartment. Strangulations and other stresses meant to restrict blood flow to the brain drew widespread criticism after the death of George Floyd, who died after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for several minutes.

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