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Miami-Dade Police To Ban Controversial Choke Hold Tactic After Appeals From Community

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EMILY MICHOT
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Miami Herald

Miami-Dade police, the largest law enforcement agency in the Southeast U.S., and one of only a very few in South Florida that continue to permit its officers to use a controversial neck restraint to subdue suspects, has banned the practice.

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said he decided to do away with the policy after speaking with experts and community members, many of whom considered the practice dangerous and outdated. The change in policy is immediate.

“This decision was based on a multiple of factors to include officer and public safety, feedback from policing professionals, members of our community, local leaders and officials,” Ramirez said on Twitter. The director also said he chose to change the policy after speaking with members of the Police Executive Research Forum, a respected law enforcement think tank that recommends policy change and often reviews department practices.

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