- Chokeholds and neck restraints
A chokehold is a constriction technique used by law enforcement officials to force an uncooperative suspect to submit without causing death or injury.
In many of the largest police departments across the country, policies regarding the use of neck restraints are imprecise, resulting in a lack of accountability.
Since the killing of George Floyd in May, multiple police departments in states including California, Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, New York, and Texas have said they will ban chokeholds and any other airway-restricting techniques.
- The use of spit hoods during arrests
Spit hoods are mesh bags used by police in the US and abroad to protect officers from a detainee's saliva.
In recent years, the controversial devices have been linked to several in-custody deaths.
The tactic came under renewed scrutiny after the death of Daniel Prude in March — a Black man who was experiencing a mental health crisis and had wandered out of the house unclothed in Rochester, New York.
- injecting ketamine to sedate suspects
Paramedics inject ketamine as a sedative, often at the orders of police who think suspects are acting out of control.
There are no federal standards for police officers or medical personnel on the drug's use, according to the Associated Press. Policies relating to the drug vary depending on the state, so it is not clear how regularly it's used during police encounters and why.
- No-knock warrants
No-knock warrants allow police or law enforcement officials to enter a property without alerting the residents beforehand.
The warrant is usually handed down by a judge and issued in the belief that any evidence officials hope to find would be destroyed if they allowed suspects to be aware of the police plans to enter premises.
- Use of tear gas to disperse crowds
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controversial police tactics highlighted amid the Black Lives Matter movement.