In a press release announcing the new policy, the ministry said strangulation and carotid restraints would only be permitted in situations where “the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the subject of such force presents a danger. imminent death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person. No-hit warrants, when an officer does not knock or announce his identity, are prohibited, except where an officer believes that this would create a threat of physical violence against the officer or someone else must obtain approval from both their law enforcement component and a federal prosecutor.
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco stressed the importance of implementing a single set of standards for the entire department, which also includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Bureau of Prisons.
“As members of federal law enforcement, we have a shared obligation to lead by example in a way that builds trust in the communities we serve,” she said in the statement.
This announcement comes more than a year after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Taylor was killed by police in March 2020 after officers executed a no-knock warrant on her home, although the suspect in their investigation has already been apprehended. Floyd was murdered in May 2020 after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes. Chauvin was later convicted of murder.
The Department of Justice has initiated police investigations into the Minneapolis Police Department and the Louisville Metro Police Department. Additionally, the DOJ announced in June that all federal law enforcement officials would be required to wear body cameras “during pre-planned law enforcement operations.”