Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill Banning Police Chokeholds

Wisconsin Senate

The Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday voted in favor of legislation that would ban police from using chokeholds during arrests, unless they are in exceptional life-threatening situations.

The bill passed through a voice vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, despite opposition from some Democrats, who argued that there should be no exceptions to a chokehold ban, The Associated Press reported.

However, state GOP lawmakers have argued that the bill would all-but eliminate the use of chokeholds, a use of force that gained increased national scrutiny in the past year following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Last May, former officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been found guilty of murdering Floyd, pressed his knee into the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for roughly nine minutes before Floyd died.

The AP noted Wednesday that several Wisconsin police departments have already implemented measures prohibiting chokeholds, with Milwaukee banning them in all circumstances.

Chokeholds are also not taught as a compliance technique during law enforcement training in Wisconsin, according to the AP.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Celine Castronuovo