NY police to get training on use of force after chokehold death

Training pledge comes following chokehold death of unarmed man this summer

NEW YORK – New York City’s police commissioner says officers will get annual training on the use of force following the chokehold death of an unarmed man this summer.

William Bratton said Monday that a pilot program will begin in November with three precincts. It will eventually expand to include 20,000 officers who regularly work patrol.

Bratton says training will include how to talk to the public, how to de-escalate tense situations and how to use force if necessary.

Bratton says officers only receive annual firearms training.

He says the new training is aimed at changing the culture of the department.

Eric Garner died July 17 when the asthmatic father of six was stopped for selling loose cigarettes. Two NYPD officers have been reassigned during the investigation.

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