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Chokeholds no longer permitted by Miami-Dade officers

June 11, 2020 GMT

MIAMI (AP) — The head of Florida’s largest police department said Thursday that his agency will no longer use a chokehold.

Alfredo Ramirez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, said in a statement that the applied carotid triangle restraint would no longer be utilized by officers.

The decision was made for the safety of officers and the public, and it was based on feedback from the community and policing professionals, Ramirez said.

“As a progressive agency, we must remain in a constant state of review and open to emerging best practices and community feedback,” Ramirez said.

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Demonstrators around the U.S. have been calling for police reforms following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer who pressed his knee for more than eight minutes against Floyd’s neck.

In 2014, Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer.