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Utah Legislature Moves Toward Ban On Knee-To-Neck Chokeholds

Utah lawmakers have taken a first step toward banning ban police officers from placing their knees on the necks of people being detained in the type of chokehold used by a Minnesota police officer in the death of George Floyd. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Utah Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee has approved a bill opposing the maneuver as a valid form of restraint. The full Legislature is scheduled to consider the measure during a special session Thursday. Under the legislation, police officers would be investigated by a county attorney for using the prohibited chokehold.