Minnesota Lawmakers Ban Neck Restraints And Chokeholds After George Floyd's Killing
The new bill will also prohibit chokeholds and warrior-style training.
July 21, 2020 at 2:08 pm
The bill was approved by the House 102 to 29 just before midnight as lawmakers worked on what was described as one of the most substantial changes to the state’s criminal justice system in years. The package also bans chokeholds and so-called warrior-style training, ABC News reports.
The legislation calls for improvements to the state’s data collection on deadly force encounters and establishes a unit to investigate such cases.
The Senate passed the new measures 60 to 7 and sent it over to Gov. Tim Walz.
The bill had been under negotiation since the passing of Floyd on May 25.
Floyd died after former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee in his neck for almost 10 minutes while restraining him on the ground after he was handcuffed, as Blavity previously reported.
Original (June 8, 2020): The Minneapolis City Council has voted to disband the police department. The decision comes after the killing of George Floyd, whose death sparked protests across the country and beyond.
The New York Times reports nine out of 13 city council members voted in favor of dismantling the department.
Still, the process of disbanding the police department will take some time.
"This isn't like, tomorrow we're not going to have a police department and we're going to have this huge gap," Council member Phillipe Cunningham told MPR News. "There will be intentional transition and investments and policies. I just want to make sure folks understand that there's not going to be suddenly no one to call when they need help."
According to CNN, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was showered with boos after he told demonstrators he opposes defunding the police department.
“Shame, shame, shame,” the protesters shouted as Frey walked out through the crowd.
"The response to George Floyd’s death needed to be much more than any prosecution could offer," councilman Steve Fletcher wrote on Tuesday. "What people in the streets have won is a permanent, generational change to the mainstream view of policing."
Fletcher then said the goal is to disband the department and start fresh.
"Several of us on the council are working on finding out what it would take to disband the MPD and start fresh with a community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity," he wrote.