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Committee on the JudiciaryIntroducedNovember 6th, 2018
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Police use of chokeholds has come under scrutiny in recent years, and high-profile deaths like Eric Garner’s have prompted calls for police departments to end the use of chokeholds. In the absence of universal voluntary bans by police departments, a federal law banning chokeholds’ use is needed to ensure citizens’ safety.
Many police departments already ban the use of chokeholds, making this bill unnecessary. There are also sometimes life-or-death situations in which police officers find it necessary to use chokeholds to subdue suspects — and this bill doesn’t leave room for interpretation in those cases.