Over a dozen police unions suing NYC over 'diaphragm clause' in chokehold law: report

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August 06, 2020 - 1:59 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – More than a dozen police unions are reportedly suing New York City over a part of the new chokehold law known as the "diaphragm clause."

The law, passed in July amid protests over policing, bans the use of chokeholds—as well as maneuvers limiting a person’s breathing, like sitting or kneeling on their back or chest.

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The lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday argues that a state law only banning chokeholds overrides the “diaphragm clause” in the city law, according to the New York Post.

The city's contentious provision “stands to criminalize the lawful use of force, (and) threatens both police and public safety,” according to the suit.

Among the 18 unions who signed off on the suit were ones representing officers at the NYPD, MTA, Port Authority, State Police and city district attorneys’ offices, the Post reported.

Several city DAs, including in the Bronx and Staten Island, have said they may not prosecute officers under the law in some cases.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he had not seen the suit.