TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 23, 2021

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill this week limiting the use of chokeholds by police officers, banning “no knock” warrants, requiring law enforcement officials to intervene if they observe excessive force, and mandating de-escalation training for all law enforcement. Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, led the charge to pass the bill and acknowledged during the floor debate that the bill does not do away completely with choke holds. Instead, the bill prohibits chokeholds unless “an officer reasonably believes that deadly force is authorized,” he explained. The bill, SB1380/HB1406, is scheduled for consideration by the House Criminal Justice Committee next week. WKRN reports on the story.