I-Team: A look at Metro’s use of force policy in light of the Chauvin verdict


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Following the Derek Chauvin verdict in Minneapolis, the I-Team dug up a now-removed news release from Minneapolis Police, regarding the incident.

Initially, they didn’t mention Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck. It reads, in part, “Officers put a man into handcuffs, and he suffered a medical event … He was brought to a hospital and died.”

One big question we’ve heard over and over in the valley is, “What does this mean for Metro and other local agencies?”

Last year, the I-Team brought you inside Metro, from the classroom to training. Before George Floyd’s death, Metro updated its use of force policies. The following are some highlights:

  • Officers are trained on de-escalation tactics, so they don’t have to resort to force
  • Other officers have a duty to intervene and stop an officer who may be improperly using force
  • Chokeholds and strangleholds are prohibited
  • Officers take part in classroom-based diversity training and also reality-based scenario training

Again, those policies went into effect before what we all watched happen almost a year ago.

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