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Mayor Byron Brown instructs Buffalo police to explicitly ban chokeholds in use of force policy

Posted at 5:06 PM, Jun 04, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Speaking in Niagara Square on Thursday afternoon, Mayor Byron Brown announced the Buffalo Police Department would no longer be using chokeholds in its policing.

The announcement was part of a larger news conference held by elected officials to discuss comprehensive police reform.

Mayor Brown says he directed the department to create and implement the policy on Thursday. Brown later added while speaking at City Hall that chokeholds are not taught in the police academy, but are not explicitly banned either. The new policy will explicitly ban them.

Brown added he is releasing a series of reforms in the future, based on discussions he's had with protest organizers. Protests in Buffalo have been going on for several days following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The police reform announcement happened in Buffalo at the same time Floyd's memorial service was underway in Minneapolis.