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File #: Int 0536-2018    Version: * Name: Chokeholds
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 2/14/2018
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, The Public Advocate (Mr. Williams), Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Helen K. Rosenthal, Costa G. Constantinides, Stephen T. Levin, Laurie A. Cumbo, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Daniel Dromm , Andy L. King, Peter A. Koo, Antonio Reynoso, Margaret S. Chin, Inez D. Barron, Adrienne E. Adams, Deborah L. Rose, Carlos Menchaca, Diana Ayala , Alicka Ampry-Samuel , I. Daneek Miller, Bill Perkins, Carlina Rivera , Ben Kallos, Mark Levine, Ritchie J. Torres, James G. Van Bramer, Francisco P. Moya, Brad S. Lander, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Sponsors: 30
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. 536, 2. Int. No. 536, 3. February 14, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda

Int. No. 536

 

By Council Members Lancman, the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams), Cornegy, Rosenthal, Constantinides, Levin, Cumbo, Espinal, Dromm, King, Koo, Reynoso, Chin, Barron, Adams, Rose, Menchaca, Ayala, Ampry-Samuel, Miller, Perkins, Rivera, Kallos, Levine, Torres, Van Bramer, Moya, Lander, Salamanca and Richards

 

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 10-179 to read as follows:

§ 10-179 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.

LS # 2203/LS 2271/LS 2680/Int. 540-2014

LS 181

CJG/BG/RC/BC

12/8/17