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RPD implementing partial ban on chokeholds, duty to intervene policy

RPD implementing partial ban on chokeholds, duty to intervene policy Photo: Rochester Police Department.

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Created: March 15, 2021 06:04 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester Police Department Monday announced several new policy changes, two of which will go into effect immediately.

The Office of the Chief issued a release saying the department's new duty to intervene policy and a partial ban on chokeholds will go into effect Monday.

The new duty to intervene policy outlines that all members of the RPD have a duty to intervene to prevent or stop any unreasonable use of force or other misconduct, and those who fail to do so may be disciplined. Members of RPD will be expected to report to a supervisor as soon as is practical, and supervisors must address the behavior.

Chokeholds will also be banned "except in extreme circumstances where deadly physical force is authorized." It also includes information on the state's new law, which makes police chokeholds a felony if someone is injured or killed.

These changes come after national attention was drawn to police policies after the death of George Floyd, and on the Rochester Police Department especially after the death of Daniel Prude and recent incidents where a 9-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed, a woman was pepper-sprayed in front of her 3-year-old and an RPD officer shot a man who they say was armed and coming toward him with a large knife.

The release says the RPD is in the process of developing a series of new and revised policies that will be announced "over the course of the next few weeks."


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