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house Bill H.R. 7118

Should Federal Law Prohibit Cops From Using Chokeholds?

Argument in favor

Police use of chokeholds has come under scrutiny in recent years, and high-profile deaths like Eric Garner’s have prompted calls for police departments to end the use of chokeholds. In the absence of universal voluntary bans by police departments, a federal law banning chokeholds’ use is needed to ensure citizens’ safety.

TheCmike's Opinion
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11/19/2018
There are many ways to stop a criminal without choking, shooting, or tasing. We should try practicing them.
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Blair's Opinion
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11/19/2018
Watch an innocent man, Eric Gardner beg for his life, and then tell me this shouldn’t be federal law.
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Denice's Opinion
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11/19/2018
There are many other ways to stop a criminal rather than using potentially lethal techniques. I personally don't believe that we have the right to kill anyone for any reason other than perhaps if your own life is in danger. I feel like there is far more aggressive and brutal force being used by police departments than is necessary. I lived in the United Kingdom for over a decade and I never once saw a police officer behaving the way they do here in the United States.
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Many police departments already ban the use of chokeholds, making this bill unnecessary. There are also sometimes life-or-death situations in which police officers find it necessary to use chokeholds to subdue suspects — and this bill doesn’t leave room for interpretation in those cases.

Daniel's Opinion
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11/19/2018
Maybe reinforce regular training standards. Chokeholds are rather safe when used appropriately. They are a completely valid technique. The biggest danger comes from the party resisting. If they’re resisting then you have to control the situation. Which chokes do in a relatively safe way. They’re way safer then police pulling extenso-sticks or guns. This will just amplify ROEs.
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Lorraine's Opinion
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11/19/2018
As someone who has worked with people with mental illness. The idea is subduing the individual without harm to them or others. Sometimes people are so out of control you have to do something.
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Brutas's Opinion
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11/19/2018
Only if you want to embolden criminals. Look, cops have a tough job. It’s there duty to deal with criminals and by definition a criminal is dangerous. This will only embolden criminals because now they know the limits on cops, which gives the bad guys a loophole. Anyone who supports this clearly cares more about the law breaker than the law enforcer. Unacceptable.
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    There are many ways to stop a criminal without choking, shooting, or tasing. We should try practicing them.
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    Maybe reinforce regular training standards. Chokeholds are rather safe when used appropriately. They are a completely valid technique. The biggest danger comes from the party resisting. If they’re resisting then you have to control the situation. Which chokes do in a relatively safe way. They’re way safer then police pulling extenso-sticks or guns. This will just amplify ROEs.
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    Watch an innocent man, Eric Gardner beg for his life, and then tell me this shouldn’t be federal law.
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    There are many other ways to stop a criminal rather than using potentially lethal techniques. I personally don't believe that we have the right to kill anyone for any reason other than perhaps if your own life is in danger. I feel like there is far more aggressive and brutal force being used by police departments than is necessary. I lived in the United Kingdom for over a decade and I never once saw a police officer behaving the way they do here in the United States.
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    As someone who has worked with people with mental illness. The idea is subduing the individual without harm to them or others. Sometimes people are so out of control you have to do something.
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    In order for a judge to determine if someone is guilty of a crime, that person needs to survive their own arrest. It’s not out of line to ask LEOs to not kill someone when they already have their arm around the suspect’s neck. If departments can’t make this determination on their own, Congress should make it for them.
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    Only if you want to embolden criminals. Look, cops have a tough job. It’s there duty to deal with criminals and by definition a criminal is dangerous. This will only embolden criminals because now they know the limits on cops, which gives the bad guys a loophole. Anyone who supports this clearly cares more about the law breaker than the law enforcer. Unacceptable.
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    No the current escalation of force is sufficient and doesn’t need to be changed.
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    this is a local government issue. the federal government has enough to contend with
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    I believe that arrests can be made without deadly force. My (Deaf) friend was the victim of deadly force and he was not the person who the Police were looking for. Police officers need the communities help and support. In their training there should be safe guards for both the perpetrator and safety of our Men and Woman in uniform. Excessive force and loss of innocent lives should not be as prominent as it is right now. Innocent until proven guilty and Safe Guard and protect the integrity of our Officers 👮‍♀️🇺🇸
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    Stop taking away the tools the police need to safely do their job. Democrats love to blame everyone but the criminal.
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    I just saw some idiot state, “obey the law and you have nothing to worry about.” Guess what, buddy? Multiple non-partisan research studies have indicated that the US rate of false convictions is so absurdly high, that 1 in 25 of all individuals sentenced to death row are innocent, and often only exonerated posthumously. That should terrify EVERY American. Our judicial system is, statistically, a massive failure. Only 1/3 of homicides in the US are ever solved, we have more people incarcerated than any other nation, and, again, 1 in 25 of CONVICTED death row inmates are innocent. This affects YOU as well, even though you are gullible enough to think that remaining “law-abiding” keeps you safe from our cops. And since you’re clearly pro-excessive force prior to citizens even having due process, I guess people like you just better hope you aren’t 1 of the 25 innocent Americans accidentally put to death. Sources: http://www.pnas.org/content/111/20/7230 https://www.newsweek.com/one-25-executed-us-innocent-study-claims-248889 https://www.npr.org/2015/03/30/395069137/open-cases-why-one-third-of-murders-in-america-go-unresolved
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    As someone ELSE (Lorraine) who has worked extensively with people with mental illness, yes, sometimes you have to do something to prevent others from getting hurt, but we were trained in a variety of specialized tactics for just that purpose. None of those tactics involved restricting the airway of the person being restrained. If I, as an unarmed individual working with dangerous mentally ill patients can be trained to do this on a daily basis without endangering the lives of those I'm subduing, then something tells me police officers of generous stature with non-lethal instruments such as tasers should not have to resort to this clearly dubious method. It is far too easy to hold too tight and/or too long under the adrenaline of a crisis situation to make this method an approved one for suspect apprehension. All of this is without even mentioning recent high-profile cases of racial discrimination.
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    H.R. 7118 AKA the Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act I’m in strong opposition to and don’t recommend passage of the House bill H.R. 7118 AKA the Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2018 which would amend the U.S. Code to forbid the use of chokeholds by police. Currently there is no federal law regarding the use of chokeholds by police, and such decisions are made by law enforcement agencies themselves. Many police departments already ban the use of chokeholds, making this bill unnecessary. There are also sometimes life-or-death situations in which police officers find it necessary to use chokeholds to subdue suspects — and this bill doesn’t leave room for interpretation in those cases. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 11*19*18.....
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    While I am opposed to cops usng excessive force, I also am concerned about federal overreach
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    There are other ways to subdue an unruly subject without choking them! “Serve and Protect” not “Judge, Jury, and Executioner”!!!
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    Not that this would pass senate... but I think it should be a federal law. black men are the ones routinely subjected to this brutality by cops. Needs to stop!
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    State issue, not federal.
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    In situations where adrenaline is pumping and people are worked up it is far too easy to apply lethal force in a choke hold. If an officer can be trained for a choke hold they can be trained for wrist locks, shoulder locks and small joint manipulation that will stop a suspect without the danger of crushing a windpipe.
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    Though, perhaps we would not need laws like this if there were some other way of holding officers responsible for their actions.
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