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File #: Int 0540-2014    Version: Name: Chokeholds
Type: Introduction Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 11/13/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to chokeholds.
Sponsors: Rory I. Lancman, Jumaane D. Williams, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Daniel Dromm , Rosie Mendez, Inez D. Barron, Helen K. Rosenthal, Karen Koslowitz, I. Daneek Miller, Costa G. Constantinides, Darlene Mealy, Deborah L. Rose, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Stephen T. Levin, Fernando Cabrera , Andy L. King, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Corey D. Johnson, Donovan J. Richards, Peter A. Koo, Laurie A. Cumbo, Margaret S. Chin, Mark Levine, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Ben Kallos, Antonio Reynoso, Carlos Menchaca, James G. Van Bramer
Council Member Sponsors: 28
Summary: This bill establishes a misdemeanor for applying a chokehold in the course of effecting or attempting to effectuate an arrest. A chokehold is defined as the act of wrapping an arm around or gripping someone's neck in a manner that limits or cuts off either the flow of air by compressing the windpipe, or the flow of blood through the carotid arteries on each side of the neck.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 540-A, 2. Int. No. 540 - 11/13/14, 3. Committee Report 6/29/15, 4. Hearing Testimony 6/29/15, 5. Hearing Transcript 6/29/15, 6. Proposed Int. No. 540-A - 11/13/17
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017ARory I. Lancman City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2015*Rory I. Lancman Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2015*Rory I. Lancman Committee on Public Safety Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/29/2015*Rory I. Lancman Committee on Public Safety Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/13/2014*Rory I. Lancman City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/13/2014*Rory I. Lancman City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Proposed Int. No. 540-A

By Council Members Lancman, Williams, Cornegy, Dromm, Mendez, Barron, Rosenthal, Koslowitz, Miller, Constantinides, Mealy, Rose, Ferreras-Copeland, Levin, Cabrera, King, Espinal, Johnson, Richards, Koo, Cumbo, Chin, Levine, Rodriguez, Kallos, Reynoso, Menchaca and Van Bramer

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to chokeholds.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1.  The administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 10-172 to read as follows:

§ 10-172.  Chokeholds.

                     a.  Definitions.  For the purposes of this section “chokehold” means to wrap an arm around or grip the neck in a manner that limits or cuts off either the flow of air by compressing the windpipe, or the flow of blood through the carotid arteries on each side of the neck.

b.  Chokehold prohibited. No person shall use a chokehold in the course of effecting or attempting to effect an arrest.

c. Penalties.- Any person who violates subdivision b of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than one year and a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars, or both.

                     d. Any penalties resulting from a violation of subdivision b of this section shall not limit or preclude any cause of action available to any person or entity injured or aggrieved by such violation.

§ 2.  This local law shall take effect 60 days after its enactment into law.

CJG/BG/RC

12/19/14

LS # 2203/LS 2271/LS 2680