HOUSTON – During the funeral for Houston-native George Floyd Tuesday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner promised an executive order that would ban chokeholds and stranglehold in the city and other police reforms.
“What that order will say is that in this city, we will ban chokeholds and strangleholds. In this city, we will require de-escalation. In this city, you have to give a warning before you shoot. In this city, you have a duty to intervene," he said.
On Wednesday, he signed the executive order and said it was in response to the demands of protesters and demonstrators. He also said five African American members of Houston City Council had sent him a letter last week asking for prompt action.
“I want to say thank you on behalf of 5300 police officers,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo at the press conference Wednesday. “This is a huge day because you are building trust and building legitimacy and breaking down even the perception of bad policing. When we have these good policies, we build trust, and when we have trust, we build better communities.”
While Turner acknowledged that many of the provisions of the executive order were already in practice by the Houston Police Department, the order “codifies prohibited techniques,” for the first time, according to a city press release.
KPRC 2 obtained a copy of Executive Order 1-67. Here is a breakdown of what his executive order will do:
Response to resistance