France to abandon police chokeholds amid Floyd death anger

Posted at 9:46 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 22:46:48-04

PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister says police in the country will no longer be allowed to use chokeholds during arrests.

The minister says the immobilization technique is now banned after it came under renewed criticism following George Floyd’s death in the United States.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced Monday that “the method of seizing the neck via strangling will be abandoned and will no longer be taught in police schools.”

He spoke out as the French government comes under increasing pressure to address brutality and racism within the police force.