This summer we’ve seen conversations at the local and national levels about the use of police neck restraints. According to a 2013 Department of Justice survey, of the police departments nationwide that serve more than 1 million people, 43 percent allow a neck restraint of some kind. There are no national statistics telling us how often these holds – sanctioned or not - end in death. States like California and New York have moved to put an end to the controversial restraints; but why are they used in the first place? And is reform even possible?
On this episode of Into America, host Trymaine Lee speaks with Paul Butler, law professor and author of the book Chokehold, and Ed Obayashi, a Deputy Sheriff and a use-of-force training expert, to discuss the history of chokeholds and the potential for reform. He also talks to Robert Branch, a Black man placed in a neck restraint by an officer in San Diego back in May of 2015. Subscribe to NBC News:
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Into Police Chokeholds | Into America Podcast – Ep. 40 | NBC News and MSNBC