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December 5, 2020

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Police Reform Bill, Bans ‘Chokeholds’ and Creates Civilian Oversight

Massachusetts – On Tuesday of this week, Massachusetts legislature passed a bill that would ban police “chokeholds” and form a new civilian-led commission dedicated to investigating officer misconduct. The bill is set to be sent to Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s officer for review. The majority civilian commission, dubbed the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission if the bill is signed by the Governor, would also be responsible for standardizing the certification, training, and decertification of officers.

If signed into law, police would be prohibited from being trained on or using “lateral vascular neck [...]

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