NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to the NYPD patrol guide, officers are banned from using a chokehold to subdue a suspect, but a group of lawmakers and community activists is pushing to make it punishable by law.
The group’s proposal would make it a criminal offense with legal consequences.
Queens Councilman Rory Lancman said the proposal has 28 cosponsors, and that’s a majority.
“But unfortunately, this mayor, who rode into office on claims of being a police-reformer and an advocate for criminal justice reform, has consistently and repeatedly threatened to veto this legislation,” he told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.
“It’s been two years tomorrow that there was no indictment, no justice, no accountability,” she said. “So now we need to change that.”