Chokehold Ban Among Colorado Police Bills Nearing Approval

March 28, 2016

A limited ban on police chokeholds and other limits on law enforcement are nearing approval in the Colorado Legislature, a year after Republicans blocked measures aimed at curbing police abuse.

A series of compromises appear to have made the difference. For example, the chokehold ban now would ban only chokeholds that cut off air flow, not chokeholds that cut off blood flow. Police say that's an important distinction.

A Republican-controlled Senate committee approved four bills Monday to address police misconduct.

Others included an expansion of the ban on racial profiling to include sexual identity and other aspects. Another bill requires authorities to expunge criminal records when people are victims of identity theft.

All four measures have already passed the House and await action by the full Senate.