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Trump’s Police Executive Order to Ban Chokeholds, Urge Safer Policing

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order urging police departments across the country to “adopt the highest professional standards,” including increased use-of-force training and a partial ban on chokeholds.

Trump announced the order at the White House on Tuesday, after meeting with several Black Lives Matter families. It would ban chokeholds – except for when the police officer’s life is at risk – and prioritize federal funding to departments that meet high standards on use of force and de-escalation training.

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Police would also be encouraged to use new nonlethal weapons, and share reports on officer discipline. More funds will be allocated to social workers to support police in dealing with the homeless, drug addicts and mentally ill persons. Read more…

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