President Trump Signs Executive Order Barring Most Police Use of Chokeholds

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Trump Signs Executive Order on Policing, Says It will Ensure Law and Order

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that banned the use of chokeholds by police officers, except when they believe that their life is in jeopardy.

The order, which encouraged police departments to improve training on the use of force, came as the president faced tremendous pressure to act following the killing of George Floyd by then a Minneapolis police officer.

In a Rose Garden ceremony, Trump stated that Americans needed law and order.

The order would create a database to track police officers with multiple police misconduct instances and use federal grants to encourage departments to meet specific higher certification standards on the use of force.

It would also call on departments to involve social workers and mental health professionals on calls dealing with homelessness, mental illness, and addiction.

During the ceremony, the president also denounced proposals to defund police departments, saying many departments were underfunded and under-supported.