NY Congressman Drafts Bill Making Police Chokeholds a Crime

A New York congressman wants to make the use of chokeholds by police officers a federal crime.

Brooklyn Democrat Hakeem Jeffries said on Monday that he's sponsoring a bill that would amend civil rights laws that deal with excessive force. The measure would define chokeholds as a deprivation of rights under the color of law.

Hakeem made the announcement outside NYPD headquarters. He was joined by the mother of Eric Garner, the unarmed man killed in a police chokehold last year on Staten Island.

The medical examiner classified Garner's videotaped death as a homicide. But a grand jury declined to press charges against the officer.

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