Central Pa. police work on change after George Floyd’s murder, but activists hope for more

May 3, 2021

By Steve Marroni

From the article: "...She said it’s important to note that chokeholds accounted for fewer than 1% of deaths in encounters with police nationwide in 2019, she said. The 2020 numbers appear to be similar.

Policies and bans can only go so far, she said.

“Chokehold bans and the duty to intervene were both on the books, and George Floyd still died,” La Vigne said.

Hans Menos, vice president of law enforcement initiatives at the Center for Policing Equity, which works with departments to help them achieve their equity goals, said chokeholds should be banned altogether.

“We’re a science-based organization. We follow science, and science tells us these can be deadly and are not necessary,” Menos said..."

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