Gov. Lamont Signs Police Use-of-Force, Accountability Order

Daniela Doncel
June 15, 2020 - 6:16 pm
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Daniela Doncel

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - In an executive order signed Monday, Governor Ned Lamont ordered the ban of chokeholds and other use-of-force policies for state law enforcement as what Lamont calls the first step toward police reform in Connecticut.

According to officials, the order includes several actions to modernize police programs and strategies such as the ban of using chokeholds or other similar tactics for Connecticut State Police.

It also requires the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to update the Connecticut State Police Administrative and Operations Manual to include new requirements.

Those include requiring troopers to, when possible, de-escalate situations before using force, provide a verbal warning before using deadly force and intervene to stop another law enforcement officer from using excessive force as well as report any such use to a supervisor in writing, among other requirements.

"The national conversation surrounding the killing of George Floyd is not new – these are issues the country has been dealing with for far too long, and the people protesting around the nation and here in Connecticut are calling for many sensible changes to protect lives," Lamont said.

It's a conversation Lamont said he wants to continue.