George Floyd killing: Trump says police 'generally' should not use choke holds
The US President said it would be a "very good thing" to ban chokeholds but they may still be needed in some situations. He said he wanted to "see really compassionate but strong law enforcement".
In the wake of African American man George Floyd's death in police custory which led to widespread anti-racism protests in the US, President Donald Trump has said that the controversial chokehold method for restraining some suspects should "generally speaking" be ended. But he suggested their use would be understandable in situations where an officer "was in danger".
"I don't like choke holds ... (but) sometimes, if you're alone and you're fighting someone, it's tough," Trump told Fox News Channel, while adding: "It would be, I think, a very good thing that, generally speaking, it should be ended."
Some US police forces have moved to ban chokeholds since the outbreak of anti-racism protests sparked by Floyd's death.
The President's comments come with Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress trying to hammer out the details of a police reform bill - the proposed Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
Some Republicans in Congress have indicated support for a ban on choke holds proposed by Democrats following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The police officer has been sacked and charged with second-degree murder.
Trump on Thursday announced modest plans for an executive order on policing, while making it clear he would not support sweeping proposals in response to the protests.
In the interview with the Fox News, Trump said the concept of banning choke holds "sounds so perfect." But he suggested their use could be understandable "if a police officer is in a bad scuffle and he's got somebody in a choke hold."
Asked if here were referring to a situation where an officer was in a one-on-one fight and feared for his life, Trump said: "And that does happen. So, you have to be careful."
Trump -- who has faced criticism for his responses to the outbreak of the protests against racism and police brutality -- said he wanted to "see really compassionate but strong law enforcement", adding "toughness is sometimes the most compassionate".
US Attorney General William Barr, in an interview on Fox News on Monday, said he was in favour of banning choke holds, except in instances where police officers were "confronted with potentially lethal force."
Republican US Senator Tim Scott, who is crafting police reform legislation, told CNN on Friday that he and Democrats are in agreement that police should use choke holds "infinitely less."