Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a suite of six NYPD reform bills
Wednesday, including a ban on chokeholds, while acknowledging concerns
that the new laws will make it harder for cops to do their jobs.
“People want to be safe. They need to be safe. They want to work with
the NYPD and they want respect in turn,” de Blasio said while signing
the legislation package in the Bronx after joining activists to paint
“Black Lives Matter” on Morris Avenue between between 161st and 162nd
“I also want to be honest when there are concerns out there. It makes
sense to talk about it, not to run away from it,” de Blasio said.
On the bill that will make it a criminal offense for cops to use
chokeholds, de Blasio said, “I know many in the police department
including many I truly respect are concerned.
“Because although they agree 100 percent and it’s been the policy of
the police department, we cannot have chokeholds, there’s concern around
some of the additional language around diaphragms.”
In addition to criminalizing chokeholds, the bill includes a
prohibition on other restraints of a person’s diaphragm or ability to
breathe such as sitting, kneeling or standing on someone’s chest or
Interesting that the Blaz wants to have conversations about policing policy now when he was pretty comfortable excusing the tactics employed by his NYPD during the George Floyd protests and his idiotic curfew.