To Fight ‘Epidemic’ Of Police Violence, New Bill Would Ban Chokeholds At Federal Level – 28 April 2015

RT logoA US Congressman from New York has announced new legislation that would ban police officers across the country from using chokeholds on suspects – an effort that he said is aimed at stopping an “epidemic” of police violence.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), who is sponsoring legislation called the “Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act,” is scheduled to introduce the bill on Tuesday. If passed, the bill would make the use of a chokehold a civil rights violation, thus enabling the Department of Justice to more easily charge offending police officers with a crime.

Civil rights charges are particularly difficult for the federal government to bring against law enforcement, since the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a suspect’s civil rights were willfully violated in order to land a conviction.

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