CPD: Chokeholds During Arrests Remain Banned Following Death in NYC
10TV takes a closer look at the use of police force after a video surfaced of a man who later died in police custody. Two New York Police officers are off the street, accused of putting the man in an apparent chokehold.
Cell phone video captured the confrontation between New York City Police Officers and Eric Garner. As officers attempted to take Garner into custody, one officer wraps his arm around Garner's neck in what appears to be a chokehold.
Soon after that, the father of six was dead.
Garner's family, and others in New York City, are demanding a full investigation because they say the NYPD has a ban on chokeholds.
Columbus Police say the hold is not used here, either. "Chokeholds … are dangerous, so it is a technique that is not taught. However, when you are in a life and death situation, there are no rules,” explains Sgt. Rich Weiner of the Columbus Police.
Sgt. Weiner says when officers arrive on a scene, they never know what they'll face when they take a suspect in custody. He says officers are trained in a series of techniques and will use just enough force to stop an assault.
"A lot of the runs that we go on where we have to arrest somebody, we're putting hands on them and if someone starts pulling away, we have grounding techniques that we can use, (including) arm bars,” Weiner says.
He adds that a suspect's physical condition could also play a role in what happens during an arrest, which is something that is being considered in the case in New York. Garner was 6’3’’, 350 pounds and suffered from asthma.
Garner's family says his cries for help should have been enough to prevent the force.
10TV checked in with other police departments in the area and they, too, do not use the chokehold.