The Miami-Dade Police Department is banning a type of chokehold amid calls for a change in police tactics in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd.
Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez announced Thursday that he is no longer authorizing officers to use what's called an applied carotid triangle restraint.
"This decision was based on a multitude of factors to include officer and public safety, feedback from policing professionals, members of our community, local leaders and officials, and recommendations from the Police Executive Research Forum," Ramirez said in a statement.
Ramirez said the department's Public Safety Training Institute is amending its training protocols and departmental policies.
"As a progressive agency, we must remain in a constant state of review and open to emerging best practices and community feedback," Ramirez said.
The City of Hialeah also announced Thursday that they had banned the use of applied carotid triangle restraints.
"In the past, this restrain technique has been rarely used by members of the Department," Chief Sergio Velazquez said in a statement. "The department has other non-lethal weapons/ techniques such as the Taser, pepper spray, and baton to subdue uncooperative individuals. Under my administration, the Hialeah Police Department has never authorized what is being referred to as choke hold."