Missouri lawmakers consider banning police chokeholds

Police accountability legislation is gaining traction in the Missouri legislature.

The Associated Press reports Republican Representative Shamed Dogan is partnering with Majority Leader Caleb Rowden and Democrats to outlaw police chokeholds, as well as ban police from having sex with people in police custody.  Dogan says following the death of Michael Brown in 2014, many states adopted stricter limits on police use of force, although Missouri hasn’t done much in that area.

Democratic Representative Ashley Bland Manlove, who leads the Legislative Black Caucus, says she’s unsure of the chances of the legislature reaching a consensus on police accountability.  She says lawmakers are divided on the issue, with many opposed to passing laws that could be interpreted as anti-law enforcement.