DOJ updates protocol across local, state police depts.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in Washington, D.C.(Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:12 PM PT – Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice has made changes to how local police departments operate and handle engaging with criminals. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a new federal program aiming to limit the use of chokeholds and no-knock warrants.

Under the new program, officers could use chokeholds and other “carotid restraints” only if they were faced with a threat of deadly force. In addition, officers would have to generally knock and announce themselves when serving a search warrants unless they could reasonably argue this would put their lives in immediate danger.

“As members of federal law enforcement, we have a shared obligation to lead by example in a way that engenders the trust and confidence of the communities we serve,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco in a released statement. “…This new policy does just that and limits the circumstances in which these techniques can be used.”

Garland touts the new federal program as a way to improve “efficiency” among law enforcement.

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