Delaware Public Media

Gov. Carney signs executive order addressing use of chokeholds

Jun 25, 2020

Some Delaware law enforcement are now banned from using chokeholds.

The ban is part of an executive order signed by Gov. John Carney Thursday. It also prohibits kneeholds and similar tactics.

The order covers Delaware State Police and Capitol Police, as well as the Department of Correction, Natural Resources Police, and Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement. 

The executive order also requires additional de-escalation and implicit bias training for officers and eliminates the practice of publishing the mugshots of minors.

And use of force policies and protocols will now be posted on each agency’s website, with limited redactions to avoid disclosure of tactical information that may jeopardize officer or public safety.  

The Delaware Legislative Black Caucus is pushing for several items in the Executive Order as part of its Justice For All Agenda.  One bill passed Thursday by the House bans chokeholds for all law enforcement, making their use a crime unless used to protect the life of a civilian or law-enforcement officer.

Carney’s order comes exactly a month after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer.