Meng Statement On NYPD Officer's Illegal Chokehold At Rockaway Beach
Jun 22, 2020
QUEENS, NY - U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) issued the following statement after news and video emerged yesterday that an NYPD officer used a banned chokehold technique to hold an individual down.
"I'm disturbed to see another NYPD officer use an illegal chokehold to hold someone down," said Meng. "It was right to suspend the officer and open an investigation but this must be done in a transparent way and include the officer's history. Excessive force is unacceptable and must be condemned. After many weeks of cries for justice, we must continue to address the systemic issues that affect equality and justice. I believe federal action is necessary which is why I strongly support the Justice in Policing Act and Congressman Jeffries's bill - both bills that would ban chokeholds."