Horry County police updates policy to ban certain restraint maneuvers

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HORRY CO, SC (WBTW) – The Horry County Police Department has updated its “Use of Force” policy and issued refresher training on de-escalation.

The update, issued on Monday, bans the use of all restraint moves that restrict the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain unless in a situation where deadly force is justified. 

Added to the “Response to Active Resistance section of the policy is this sentence: “Absent justified deadly force situations, the HCPD prohibits the application of all physical restraint maneuvers that restrict the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain.”

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The department also has issued a refresher course to train police on de-escalation. The training was last repeated in 2019. That training is a video the officers watch and a follow-up test. It encourages officers to learn, utilize and perfect skills related to active listening, communication strategies, and body language, according to Mikayla Moskov, public information officer with the Horry County Government. 

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