April 22, 2024

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Colorado wants to regulate use of common police holds that lead to deaths

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Colorado lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday that would target law enforcement’s use of a common hold called prone restraint for stronger regulation, though they scaled back initial plans for broader limitations.

The bill concerns a practice that law enforcement has said is common and necessary but which has come under fire from advocates for police reform. Research indicates that the use of prone restraint has contributed to at least 14 deaths in Colorado in recent years.

Under House Bill 1372, prone restraint — in which force is used to keep a person flat on their stomach on the ground — would be defined as a use of physical force by law enforcement under state law. That would mean excessive and unlawful use of prone restraint would carry the potential for both criminal and civil…

Seth Klamann, Julianna O&#039;Clair

2024-04-03 06:42:20

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