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Minnesota lawmakers ban neck restraints following George Floyd's death

Minnesota lawmakers ban neck restraints following George Floyd's death
Posted at 9:13 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 12:13:09-04

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota legislature has passed a package of police accountability measures that includes a ban on neck restraints like the one that was used on George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis.

The sweeping package passed early Tuesday after legislators worked through the night on the bill, which was said to be one of the most substantial changes to the state’s criminal justice system in years.

Passage of the measures comes after nearly two months of negotiations that followed Floyd’s death May 25.

The Black man was restrained face down in the street while handcuffed and with three officers holding him down, including a white officer who had a knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes.