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S. 244: Eric Garner Excessive Force Prevention Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 4, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 244

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 4, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend section 242 of title 18, United States Code, to include the use of chokeholds and carotid holds as a deprivation of rights and as a punishment, pain, or penalty, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Eric Garner Excessive Force Prevention Act.

2.

Chokeholds as civil rights violations

(a)

Amendment

Section 242 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: For the purposes of this section, the application of any pressure to the throat or windpipe, the use of maneuvers that restrict blood or oxygen flow to the brain, or the use of carotid artery restraints which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air is a deprivation of a right, privilege, or immunity and is a punishment, pain, or penalty..

(b)

Rule of construction

Nothing in the amendment made by subsection (a) shall be construed to limit or exclude other claimed deprivations of rights, privileges, or immunities or punishments, pains, or penalties under section 242 of title 18, United States Code.