The Harrisburg, Penn., Police Department’s use of force policy bans several controversial practices, such as neck restraints or hog-tying suspects, and it restricts officers from firing at moving vehicles except under very limited circumstances. The city provided the policy to PennLive this week. The newspaper submitted a request to view the policy under the state’s Right to Know Law after a Harrisburg police officer used deadly force in an Aug. 7 domestic incident involving Earl Shaleek Pinckney, 20, who reportedly had been threatening to kill his mother with a knife. The shooting, which remains under investigation, generated interest in the training, policies and guidance provided to police officers.
The 13-page policy bans the controversial practices of neck restraints, sometimes known as chokeholds, and hog-tying of suspects by handcuffing their hands and feet behind their back. Both techniques have been associated with arrest-related deaths across the country. The restrictions on firing at moving vehicles also addresses another controversial practice that can increase risks to bystanders as well as inflate the number of people killed by police.