A New Bill in Ohio would Prohibit Police Strangulation
The Ohio legislature has introduced a bill that targets strangulation by law enforcement.
Representative Tavia Galonski, D-Akron, has co-sponsored the bill.
A ban in her home district on chokeholds inspired Galonski to draft the bill, as did the lack of state-level bans.
Law enforcement officers would face criminal charges under the new legislation, which would be classified as a third-degree felony.
If you’re found guilty of a third-degree felony, you’ll be sentenced to 9 months to 3 years.
She noted that the bill does not aim to target police and law enforcement who are doing their jobs without breaking or bending laws and that it serves all whether they are Black, white, Republicans, or Democrats.
Galonski commented, “We all want our families to return home, whether they’re in law enforcement or buying chips at the store.”
Democrat Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan also sponsors the bill. Current support for it is 100% Democratic, so it’ll require Republican backing to pass through the GOP-majority legislature.