NYC's High Court Upholds Ban on Police Chokeholds and Diaphragm Compression

New York's highest court confirmed a city law prohibiting police from using chokeholds and diaphragm compression, counteracting a police union challenge.

On November 20, 2023, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a local law forbidding chokeholds and diaphragm compression during arrests, post-George Floyd's death. Police unions sued the city claiming the law's vague language; however, the court ruled for clarity, requiring proof that any restriction of breathing was deliberate and unjustified.