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The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has applied neck restraints at least 237 times in the past five years, rendering the subject unconscious in at least 44 of those cases, according to an analysis of police records by NBC News.
Use-of-force records indicated suspects or other people lost consciousness in 16 percent of cases in which police used a neck restraint, defined as when an officer compresses someone’s neck with an arm or leg without putting direct pressure on the airway.
The article goes on to state the following:
The analysis follows the death of George Floyd last Monday in Minneapolis. A city police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd’s neck while Floyd was face-down on the pavement for a total of eight minutes despite Floyd’s protests that he was unable to breathe. Chauvin continued kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly three minutes after he stopped breathing.
NBC News exclusive: Minneapolis police made 44 people unconscious with neck restraints https://t.co/3KgUL41dQn
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) June 1, 2020
— The Hill (@thehill) June 1, 2020
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