Orange County

Orlando police chief says department has banned no-knock warrants, choke holds

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Police Department is banning no-knock warrants and choke holds, Orlando police Chief Orlando Rolon said Monday.

He announced changes during a workshop held with city commissioners to discuss updates to policy and procedures.

The updates come following the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the country and in the city following George Floyd’s death in police custody.

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Rolon said no-knock warrants were seldom used in the past, but now will be prohibited.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Rolon and city commisisoners hosted the meeting to address the changes and enhancements that are needed within the police department.

Rolon said the changes brought the department’s policies in line with “9 Can’t Wait,” a nationwide campaign organized by the police reform advocacy group Campaign Zero.

Karen Parks

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Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.

Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.