New Ulm Police Chief Dave Borchert spoke on police restraint training during Monday’s New Ulm Human Rights Commission meeting. Borchert said the New Ulm Police Department does not allow chokeholds, and has not, since he started in New Ulm as a peace officer. He was also surprised the Minneapolis Police Department still allowed chokeholds. Borchert said he was taught chokeholds in police training in the early 1990s, but said even at the time instructors said it was a hold officer would probably never use. Borchert explained the chokehold can restrict airflow with minimal pressure and is one of the reasons it is not used. Also, he said it is difficult to apply a chokehold. If done wrong a chokehold could crush a person’s windpipe.


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