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DOJ Prohibits Its Officers from Carotid Restraints and Restricts No-Knock Warrants

Under the new policy, the department’s law enforcement components will be prohibited from using “chokeholds” and “carotid restraints” unless deadly force is authorized, that is “when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.”

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AG Garland Announces New Rules Regulating Consent Decree Monitors

Monitoring teams — usually composed of former police officials, lawyers, academics and police-reform consultants — have typically billed local taxpayers between $1 million and $2 million per year. Some consultants have served on federal oversight teams in more than one city at the same time, drawing criticism over conflicts of interest.

Mayor Asks DOJ COPS Office to Review Columbus Police

“This is not about one particular officer, policy or incident," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a statement. “Rather, this is about reforming the entire institution of policing in Columbus.”

DOJ Releases Resources on Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Agencies

The case studies provide an in-depth look at civilian oversight in Atlanta, Cambridge, MA, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Justice Department Announces Investigation of Phoenix PD

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said her department has already engaged in reform efforts and would cooperate with Justice officials.

Portland Mayor Tells Police to Prepare for Body Cameras

The Justice Department is urging the city to adopt body cameras and other accountability measures to bring the city back into compliance with the 2014 settlement agreement.

DOJ Launches Gun Trafficking Strike Forces in 5 Cities

The initial strike forces in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., will work to stop guns traveling from areas where it is easier to obtain firearms to places with more restrictive gun laws.

DOJ to Investigate Louisville Police

The probe will determine if the agency engages in a pattern of "violations of the Constitution or federal law," Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference.

NAACP Wants Federal Grants to Police Suspended

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) president Sherrilyn Ifill said the Justice Department needs to deploy a potentially powerful tool at its disposal to combat racial discrimination: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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AG Garland Tells Police Organizations to Expect Many More Federal Investigations of Agencies

Garland described the so-called pattern-or-practice investigations as a return to the sort of oversight the Trump administration sharply curtailed, one of the people said.

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