Minneapolis officials have agreed to ban the use of police chokeholds and require officers to intervene anytime they see an unauthorized use of force in reaction to the killing of George Floyd.
The AP reports:
The moves are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody. The City Council is expected to approve the agreement Friday.
The agreement, which will be enforceable in court, would require any officer, regardless of tenure or rank, to immediately report the use of any neck restraint or choke hold from the scene to their commander or their commander’s superiors.
Similarly, any officer who sees another officer commit any unauthorized use of force, including any choke hold or neck restraint, must try to intervene verbally and even physically. If they don’t, they’d be subject to discipline as severe as if they themselves had used the prohibited force.
The agreement also requires authorization from the police chief or a designated deputy chief to use crowd control weapons, including chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, batons, and marking rounds. And it requires more timely decisions on disciplining officers.
The announcement of the agreement comes a week and a half after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was caught on camera putting his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Chauvin has since been charged with second-degree murder, and three other former officers have been charged with aiding and abetting the murder.