Every New York Police Department officer will be retrained in the use of force following the death of a Staten Island man after an officer subdued him with an apparent chokehold, Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The "top-to-bottom" retraining of nation's largest police force, with 35,000 officers, is an undertaking that could take years, Mr. Bratton said.

Thursday's death of 43-year-old Eric Garner raised new questions from elected officials and civil-rights leaders about police brutality. The NYPD prohibits the use of chokeholds.

Mr. Bratton said the retraining will largely be modeled after that of the Los Angeles Police Department, which changed its practices in the aftermath of police-brutality incidents.

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