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NY State Assembly passes bill banning chokeholds

WNYT Staff / AP
Updated: June 08, 2020 07:14 PM
Created: June 08, 2020 06:56 PM

The New York State Assembly passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act. That's one of the measures that state lawmakers in Albany are working to approve in hopes to provide more oversight to law enforcement.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie held a news conference Monday morning.

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In addition to banning chokeholds, the bills call for making police officer records more accessible, naming the attorney general as a special prosecutor in cases of police violence, and punishing false race-based 911 complaints.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he intends to sign the legislation and that police officers deserve the same scrutiny as other government employees, like teachers. Police unions say releasing such records could jeopardize officers' safety and allow even frivolous claims to damage their reputation.

Hear some of Heastie's thoughts on the bill, and from Gov. Cuomo, by watching the video of the story.


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