MINNEAPOLIS cops left 44 people unconscious by using neck restraints in the last five years, according to a report.
They used the method a total of 237 times since the beginning of 2015, according to an analysis of records done by NBC News.
Police departments across the country have been moving away from the neck-restraint option, according to one expert.
“It’s common sense,” California lawyer and deputy sheriff Ed Obayashi told NBC News.
“Any time you cut off someone’s airway or block blood flow to the brain, it can lead to serious injury or death as we have seen in so many of these tragedies.
“By using this tactic, it’s a self-fulfilling tragedy.”
Chauvin was later charged with murder and a total of four officers were fired.
More than a dozen police officials and law enforcement experts told NBC News that what Chauvin did is not sanctioned by any police agency.
The police data obtained by NBC News showed 60 percent of the people rendered unconscious by MPD neck restraints were black.
About 30 percent were white.
The maneuver is not allowed by the Minneapolis police department, according to city officials.
However, the version of the Minneapolis Police Department’s policy manual that is available online does permit the use of neck restraints that can render suspects unconscious, according to NBC News.
The procedure for when to use them has not been updated for eight years.
“This seems to be a routine practice by the Minneapolis Police Department,” Obayash, a national use-of-force expert, told NBC News.
“As a cop, the tone is there, ‘Use it when you think it’s appropriate.'”
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Shawn Williams, who worked at the Minneapolis Police Department for more than 10 years and oversaw training for part of that time, understands why other departments stay away from the neck restraints.
“If it’s used correctly, you can cause the suspect to render themselves compliant and we can take someone into custody without damage internally,” he told NBC News.
“If it’s not used correctly, and the arm is placed in the wrong place, you’re talking about damage to one’s trachea and you’re talking about taking someone’s life.”