The Biden Justice Department has now issued new rules which will prevent all federal officers from using chokeholds unless lethal forced is authorized.
As Fox News reports:
Federal law enforcement officers are prohibited from the use of “chokeholds” and “carotid restraints” in most instances, and instances in which agents can perform “no-knock” or unannounced entries have been limited, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Newly established department-wide policies “explicitly” ban officers from using such restraints, unless deadly force has been authorized – “when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person,” the department said in a Tuesday press release.
Department of Justice Announces Department-Wide Policy on Chokeholds and 'No-Knock' Entries: New Policy Limits Circumstances in Which Federal Law Enforcement Can Use Chokeholds and “No-Knock” Entrieshttps://t.co/OHv9rRkk0k pic.twitter.com/CaBTP73CJl
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) September 14, 2021
The changes apply to federal agents who work under the Department of Justice, or, in some cases, to local police departments who work with the DOJ through a joint task force.
The new DOJ policy also decreases the circumstances in which “no knock” entries are permitted, but allows for such entries when an agent “has reasonable grounds to believe that knocking and announcing the agent’s presence would create an imminent threat of physical violence to the agent and/or another person,” the DOJ said.
The new policy marks a drastic break with past policy and norms.