US President Donald Trump has said the controversial chokehold method for restraining some suspects should “generally speaking” be ended.
Some US police forces have moved to ban chokeholds since the outbreak of anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African American.
Mr Floyd died after a white officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes.
Mr Trump said it would be a “very good thing” to ban chokeholds but they may still be needed in some situations.
The president’s comments come with Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress trying to hammer out the details of a police reform bill – the proposed Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
Mr Trump told Fox News that the concept of stopping police forces using chokeholds sounded “so innocent, so perfect”.