French police protest ban on chokeholds after Floyd’s death

PARIS (AP) — French police are protesting a new ban on chokeholds and limits to what they can do during arrests, part of government efforts to stem police brutality and racism in the wake of global protests over George Floyd’s death in the United States (US).

Police from the union Unite SGP Police FO laid their handcuffs on the ground outside some police stations around France on Thursday night in a symbolic protest.

Police unions meetings on Thursday and yesterday with Interior Minister Christophe Castaner discussed changes to police tactics, after Castaner announced on Monday that police would no longer be taught to seize suspects by the neck or push on their necks.

Castaner stopped short of banning another technique — pressing on a prone suspect’s chest — that also has been blamed for leading to asphyxiation and possible death.

Such immobilisation techniques have come under growing criticism since Floyd’s death. But French police said the new restrictions go too far.