GPD adopts policy banning chokeholds

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Police Department has revised its use-of-force policy to explicitly ban chokeholds except in cases where an officer’s life is at risk, following a federal policy meant to discourage the restraint tactic.

The change was approved by the Greenfield Board of Works at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, although the department’s chief said it only formalizes what has already been policy.

The chokehold, which cuts off a person’s air flow, has often been…

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