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Minneapolis votes for police chokehold ban, other immediate changes

The city council is taking swift action following the death of George Floyd.
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Minneapolis City Council has voted for a series of immediate changes to be implemented at Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's death.

The council voted 12-0 to enact the changes, which includes banning city police from using chokeholds or neck restraints. The suggestions were made by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, with the order now having been signed by Mayor Jacob Frey.

George Floyd died after being held on the ground with a knee on his neck for almost 9 minutes on Memorial Day, May 25.

Here's a look at the changes approved by the council on Friday:

 – Officers banned from using chokeholds/neck restraints on civilians "for any reason."

– Any member of the police department, regardless of tenure or rank, has an "affirmative duty" to report another officer committing an unauthorized use of force, including chokeholds or neck restraints, while still at the scene. They must report to their commander or their commander's superiors.

– A member of the police department has a duty to intervene verbally or physically if they see another officer committing an unauthorized use of force. If they don't, they'll be subject to the same punishment as if they had engaged in the unauthorized use of force.

– Crowd control measures including use of chemical agents, rubber bullets, flash-bangs, batons, and marking rounds can only be used during protests and demonstrations when authorized by the chief of police or – if they are not available – a ranking officer of deputy chief or above designated by the chief.

– Any decision on disciplinary action following a recommendation City’s Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR) must be issued by the police chief within 45 days. And it must be made available to the public immediately.

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