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Wed Dec 10, 2014, 01:51 PM

Chicago proposes chokehold ban in wake of U.S. protests [View all]

Source: Reuters

Chicago proposes chokehold ban in wake of U.S. protests

BY MARK GUARINO
CHICAGO Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:21pm EST

(Reuters) - Chicago city council members have proposed a ban on the use of chokeholds by police officers working within city limits in an expansive proposal coming in the wake of the chokehold death of an unarmed black man being arrested in New York.

The proposal, which includes all security personnel such as deputy sheriffs, U.S. Marshals and private security guards, is the first among U.S. municipalities attempting to regulate arrest techniques after a grand jury last week declined to indict a New York City police officer in a chokehold death.

Council members in favor of the ban, which was introduced this week to the city's finance committee, say they want Chicago in front of the issue of excessive police force that has resulted in street protests across the nation.

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The Chicago ordinance defines a chokehold as "any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air."

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/10/usa-chicago-chokehold-idUSKBN0JO1X220141210

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