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Nash County Sheriff's Office bans chokeholds

Posted on January 18, 2021

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lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

NASHVILLE — The Nash County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to a presidential ban on chokeholds.

The sheriff’s office received a Jan. 15 letter from Lacy McVey, manager of the N.C. Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, notifying the agency of its compliance with Presidential Executive Order 13929.

“For the Nash County Sheriff’s Office to receive this compliance memorandum demonstrates our commitment to ensure we preserve the positive relationship with our community and have policies and procedures which are transparent and adhere to federal, state and local laws,” said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina.

The compliance letter indicates the sheriff’s office has satisfactorily complied with the requirements of the executive order titled Safe Policing for Safe Communities. Issued June 16, the order requires law enforcement agencies to modify use-of-force policies to adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws. Each agency’s use-of-force policies must prohibit the use of chokeholds — a physical maneuver that restricts an individual’s ability to breathe for the purposes of incapacitation — except in those situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.

Agencies deemed noncompliant with the order are prohibited from receiving federal funding and related grants. 

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