Ald. JoCasta Zamarripa
Press Release

Milwaukee Common Council passes legislation calling on FPC to ban chokeholds by police and honoring Joel Acevedo


By - Jul 7th, 2020 02:01 pm

At today’s meeting of the common council (Tuesday, July 7), the Council passed file #200316 – a substitute resolution urging the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to adopt standard operating procedures prohibiting certain types of restraints and holds such as chokeholds and strangleholds. The legislation was introduced for immediate adoption by Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and is in response to numerous events where individuals have lost their life as a result of being placed in a chokehold by police officers, including Joel Acevedo who was placed in a chokehold by an off-duty police officer and died in April of this year.

“The incident that led to Joel Acevedo losing his life was tragic, and unfortunately is part of a systemic issue that impacts communities of color at a higher rate,” said Alderwoman Zamarripa. “Chokeholds and strangleholds frequently result in death or serious injury, and even if the Milwaukee Police Department does not actively train these restraints a formal policy banning them would be of great value to the community.”

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