MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A call for change is becoming a reality in Duluth.
The Duluth Police Department updated its use of force policy this week, emphasizing de-escalation and less-than-lethal tactics.READ MORE: Enjoying The Weather Extremes Of Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
The new policy also requires officers to intervene if they see another officer using unnecessary force.
Chokeholds are banned, except for situations where deadly force is warranted.READ MORE: Does Cold Weather Affect COVID Test Kits And Results?
The policy clarifies that deadly force is only allowed if there is no other reasonable option.
These policy changes come after the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Cellphone video of his fatal arrest sparked protests in cities across the world and calls for police reform.MORE NEWS: 'I Was Flabbergasted': Missing Badge Of Hastings Officer Killed In 1894 Rediscovered
Derek Chauvin, the officer who pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes, faces second-degree murder charges. Three other officers face aiding-and-abetting charges.