Gaetz Discusses Policing Practices and Violence Prevention

June 9, 2020
Hot Takes Press Room

In today’s episode of “Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz,” Congressman Gaetz broke down the Democrats' new policing bill indepth and debated alternatives to policing practices that don’t result in escalated violence.

“I have never been in a choke hold. I cannot imagine that the experience is all that pleasant. But it does beg the question – if any police are in an environment where they need to neutralize someone who is not being compliant, what are the tools you want at the police’s disposal?” Gaetz questioned.  

Gaetz also discussed possible risks when employing alternative tactics: “We certainly don’t want them to start by using lethal force. . . . Obviously, you want to begin with some of your non-lethal options, and certainly you don’t want anything that’s going to create any lasting impact.”



The congressman suggested that police explore the use of practices such as the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint: “If you instead constrain the lateral blood vessels that are on the side of the neck . . . you can limit the blood flow to the brain which could get someone similarly unable to resist, but that it doesn’t limit their ability to get oxygen into the lungs.”

Gaetz stated he believes lawmakers should investigate alternative actions like LVNR to “ensure that lethal force is not the next step.”

Earlier today, the congressman tweeted, “The radical left wants to defund the police and put Americans at risk.” In opposition to that agenda, Gaetz voiced the desire to work together for police reform.



Congressman Gaetz says he hopes this will be something people can come together on to “figure out, is there a smarter, better way to keep people safe, to keep law enforcement safe, and to keep all the tools on the table that law enforcement would need in terms of obtaining compliance, to not escalate police violence.”


You can hear the congressman’s full discussion of reforming policing practices and other pressing issues in today’s episode of “Hot Takes with Matt Gaetz.”