According to reports, the New York State Assembly passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold act, and Governor Andrew Cuomo made it clear he will sign it into law.
The law was named after Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who was placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer during a 2014 incident that resulted in his death after he exclaimed, “I can’t breathe.” Even though this law was passed on Monday, it was noted that the use of chokeholds by NYPD cops was already banned in 1993.
Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley made a statement on the matter, saying, “Almost six years ago, we heard Eric Garner tell police ‘I can’t breathe’ as he was put into a chokehold by an NYPD officer. His words now speak from the grave as we deal with the police killing of George Floyd under nearly identical circumstances.”
According to the new law, if a police officer injures or kills a person through the use of “a chokehold or similar restraint,” they will be charged with a Class C felony, which will find the person facing up to 15 years in prison. The New York State Assembly stated that 996 people have reportedly been placed in chokeholds by NYPD cops since the death of Eric Garner.
source: ABC NY 7