Minnesota lawmakers approve more police training, bans on chokeholds, some neck restraints

Minnesota lawmakers on Tuesday passed a broad package of police reforms intended to address criticisms of law enforcement procedures in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

The police accountability measures include a ban on neck restraints like the one used on Floyd before his death on May 25. The package also bans chokeholds and so-called warrior-style training. It changes rules on the use of force to stress the sanctity of life, and it changes arbitration rules affecting police unions.

Officers will get more training in dealing with people who have mental health issues and autism. The measure also creates a new advisory council for the state board that licenses officers.

“This is a really a great bill, but it is only a first step,” Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park, told reporters. “It paves the way for transformational change, but it doesn’t bring about transformational change.”


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