NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The use of chokeholds by police officers in New York State could lead to prosecution – if a new bill is passed by lawmakers in Albany.
Reverend Al Sharpton joined members of Eric Garner‘s family Saturday.READ MORE: New NYPD Unit To Patrol Times Square Will Be First Phase In Plan To Spur City's Economic Recovery
They announced legislation set to be introduced, known as the “Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Bill.”
Garner died after being placed in a police chokehold five years ago during an altercation with police.READ MORE: Health Experts Worry COVID Vaccine Enthusiasm Is Falling, Many Are Ditching Masks Too Soon
The NYPD was called to confront the Staten Island man for allegedly selling illegal loose and untaxed cigarettes on a street corner.
Sponsors of the new bill say police chokeholds need to be outlawed, not just banned by local departments.
“It will automatically be put into the criminal law which will carry an immediate sentence with it,” State Sen. Brian Benjamin explained.MORE NEWS: Activists Say Derek Chauvin's Conviction Shows What Police Accountability Can Look Like, Call For Legislation To Enact Systemic Change
Officer Daniel Pantaleo has since been fired by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill for using the chokehold.