Virginia Limits but Doesn't Eliminate Police Chokeholds

Virginia's House of Delegates and its Senate reached a compromise on a bill that will limit but not ban the use of chokeholds by police in the state. The House had previously approved a bill that would have made any use of chokeholds by police a felony. But the state senate rejected an outright ban instead approving a proposal that will still allow chokeholds when their use is immediately necessary to protect the officer or another person. Police who violate the policy will be subject to administrative penalties. The House adopted the Senate bill by a 60-35 vote and sent it to Governor Ralph Northam for his approval.

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