Effective immediately, Police officers in Phoenix will no longer be trained or allowed to use the "carotid control" technique.
The chokehold technique has been banned by several police agencies across the country in the wake of ongoing protests. Via a statement from the Phoenix Police, the change in policy was to align
"with 21st-century policing practices, community expectations, and our department's mission and values."
This announcement comes after two weeks of protesting in Phoenix.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego chimed in with her support of the change in policy,
"As of today, @PhoenixPolice will no longer employ the “carotid hold” in the line of duty. This is a form of choke hold that cuts off blood flow through the carotid arteries to the brain. As Mayor of Phoenix, I strongly support the decision of @PhxPDChief"