Trump in the midst of signing order to ban chokeholds
US President Donald Trump has stated a set of measures that would restrict the use of police force in response to the rise of protests by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Through a press release conducted on Tuesday June 16th in the White House, Trump has announced that he would sign an executive order restricting chokeholds as well as providing federal grants to help improve local police departments nationwide. It would be officialized on Tuesday evening.
Vice president Mike Pence also commented on the matter in an interview with Fox News, where he stated “the president is going to take this action to assure the American people that we’re listening. … We’re not going to defund the police, quite the contrary, we’re going to find new resources to help departments obtain certifications that improve standards for the use of force, improved training on de-escalation and that’s exactly what the American people want us to do.”
The order would limit the usage of chokeholds by permitting it only in situations where a police officer’s life was at risk. In addition, it would provide funding to police departments that demonstrate high standards and level of training. This would serve as an incentive to impose more measures during a police officer’s preparation. Police would also be advised to use nonlethal arms.
More funding would be provided to social workers to work conjointly with police departments to properly train officers to manage situations with individuals with mental illnesses, drug addictions or are homeless.
Trump communicated that he does not wish to dismantle the police departments across the nation but seeks to improve and encourage them to create a better relationship with their respective communities. He said “To go forward, we must seek cooperation—not confrontation. We must build upon our heritage—not tear it down.”
“Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals. They are not mutually exclusive. They work together” he proceeded to say.
The announcement occurred after a meeting the President had with families that were victims of police brutality.
The responses and reactions from the general public was divided. Some opposers have already criticized the words of the president by saying the measures did not respond effectively to the demands of the people. More radical changes were expected.