Activists, politicians fight to preserve chokehold law signed in July

Politicians and human rights activists are fighting to preserve the chokehold law that was signed into law back in July.

News 12 Staff

Sep 15, 2020, 12:28 AM

Updated 1,348 days ago

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Politicians and human rights activists are fighting to preserve the chokehold law that was signed into law back in July.
New York City lawmakers are considering tweaking the language with an amendment proposed by Councilmember Donovan Richards. The amendment looks to add the word recklessly - a word some feel gives the NYPD a legal loophole.
The amendment narrows in on the section of the bill created in the wake of Eric Garner’s death in Staten Island. It prohibits police from sitting, kneeling or standing on someone's chest or back and compressing the diaphragm.
This also comes amid a wave of protests across the city and country sparked by the police killing of Geroge Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis.
The group of protesters pointed out that the bill makes chokeholds a misdemeanor offense rather than an assault.


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