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Ban Law Enforcement Use Of Chokehold

Concerning prohibiting the use of a chokehold by a peace officer.
2016 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The act adds using a choke hold to the statute governing the use of physical force by peace officers. A peace officer can use a choke hold upon another person only when he or she reasonably believes that it is necessary:
  • To defend himself or herself or a third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force or infliction of bodily injury; or
  • To effect an arrest, or to prevent the escape from custody, of a person whom he or she reasonably believes:
  • Has committed or attempted to commit a felony involving or threatening the use of a deadly weapon; or
  • Is attempting to escape by the use of physical force; or
  • Indicates, except through a motor vehicle, that he or she is likely to endanger human life or to inflict serious bodily injury to another unless he or she is apprehended without delay.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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