Inspector General Says NYPD Still Using Banned Chokehold Frequently
Great observation Mr. Inspector, now what are you gonna do about it.
New York City’s first inspector general for the NYPD issued a report late Sunday slamming the police for resorting to the banned chokehold too often instead of trying to de-escalate confrontations, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
The full report, to be released Monday, states that in four of the 10 recent cases reviewed, officers used the banned maneuver as a “first act” against citizens when confronted by citizens verbally and not physically.
According to the report, overseen by new Inspector General Inspector General Philip Eure, “While the substantiated use of prohibited chokeholds by members of the NYPD in any context is troubling, the fact that several of the subject officers in the 10 cases reviewed by OIG-NYPD used chokeholds as a first act of physical force and in response to mere verbal confrontation is particularly alarming.”
The report comes out in the wake of the choking death of Eric Garner by officer Daniel Pantaleo. A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer setting off protests in New York City and across the country.
The choking of Garner was not included in the review which examined 10 cases from 2008 through 2012 where the Civilian Complaint Review Board had substantiated allegations that officers used a chokehold, which was banned by former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly in 1993.
According to the report, “Rather than using communication skills and approved tactics to de-escalate tense encounters with members of the community, these officers immediately turned to a prohibited and dangerous physical act to try to control the situation.”
These cops think they’re trying out for the WWE. SMH.
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