New bill would ban St. Louis police from using chokeholds or strangleholds

Aldermanic President Lewis Reed plans to propose changes to the city's "use of force" laws for police.

Sam Masterson
June 09, 2020 - 1:13 pm

    ST. LOUIS (KFTK) — The city's "use of force" guidelines could soon be backed by the force of law.

    Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed says his proposal would ban chokeholds, establish a duty-to-intervene, and require paperwork anytime a gun is drawn.

    "A better system exists," Reed says. "We know that the one we operate under today is in great need of overhaul."

    His bill would also require officers to report "use of force" in the field and set up a system for that.

    "What we saw happen with George Floyd and others in this country ... there has to be an end to that. We're going to have to revamp the training officers receive all across the country," Reed says.

    Reed's bill will be read first when aldermen meet Friday.

    Board Bill 63 will require the Commissioner of Police to update the Use of Force Policy to include:

    1. Ban on officers from using chokeholds or strangleholds as a use of force method;
    2. Require officers to use de-escalation tactics when appropriate and possible in place of use of force tactics;
    3. Establish a duty to intervene policy, which would require officers to either stop or attempt to stop another sworn employee when force is being inappropriately applied or is no longer required; and
    4. Edit the current use of force reporting policy to include comprehensive reporting and require officers to complete a report if a weapon is drawn and pointed at a civilian(s) regardless if the weapon was discharged or not.

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    This story was originally published on KMOX, by reporter Michael Calhoun.

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