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Phoenix Police Department Changes Use-Of-Force Policy

Chief Jeri Williams
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Jeri Williams in KJZZ's studio in 2018.

The Phoenix police chief has announced a change in the department’s use-of-force policy. 

Chief Jeri Williams issued a statement Tuesday saying her department "will suspend training and use of the Carotid Control Technique, effective immediately."

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According to  Phoenix Police Operations Orders, the technique, also known as a chokehold, is "designed to reduce the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain."

Previously, the department allowed the use of the technique in certain circumstances.

The policy change follows nearly two weeks of international protests against police brutality after a Minneapolis officer killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest on May 25.

In 2014, a New York police officer killed Eric Garner while using a chokehold technique.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.