Monday, January 12, 2015

Report finds NYPD officers' use of banned chokeholds 'alarming'

The city's first inspector general for the NYPD issued a stinging report Sunday questioning whether cops unnecessarily resort to prohibited chokeholds as a "first act" when words could calm things down instead.

In his first report, Inspector General Philip Eure found that in 10 recent cases involving chokeholds — the same banned maneuver responsible for the July 2014 death of Eric Garner — the cops received little or no discipline from higher-ups.

Eure questioned why, in four of the 10 cases, cops wound up using chokeholds as a "first act" against citizens who'd only confronted them verbally, not physically.


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