GOP senator says he supports national chokehold ban

GOP senator says he supports national chokehold ban
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Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSenate GOP opens door to smaller coronavirus deal as talks lag Ballooning Fed balance sheet sparks GOP concerns  The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Lauren Underwood says Americans face economic crisis if Senate fails to act on unemployment benefits extension; US surpasses 4 million cases, 1,000+ deaths for third straight day MORE (R-Okla.) said Sunday he supports passing a national ban on chokeholds as part of police reform legislation. 

“I do believe chokeholds should be banned,” Lankford said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“Absolutely we should have that, that is one of the things that we should have engaged in a long time ago,” he said in a separate interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” when regarding a ban on chokeholds. 

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“This has been pretty clear. There has been a longstanding principle out there that is not needed for that situation,” he added. 

The senator said that most departments have already banned chokeholds, either explicitly or by not training for chokeholds and banning officers from using measures they are not trained for. 

Lankford cited a 2017 consensus document by law enforcement from around the country that he said concluded chokeholds are not needed.

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“So I think that's not an issue for us,” Lankford said. 

Congressional Democrats last week put forward legislation regarding policing reform measures. The push for reform has been amplified following the killing of George Floyd. 

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottLobbyists see wins, losses in GOP coronavirus bill Revered civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis lies in state in the Capitol GOP plan would boost deduction for business meals MORE (R-S.C.) said Thursday he will be introducing Senate Republicans' police reform bill by the middle of the week. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyGaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker Bass honored US Communist Party leader in unsurfaced remarks Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (R-Calif.) said Thursday he supports language in Democrats’ bill that bans chokeholds, but the provision has been met with skepticism from some Republican lawmakers. 

Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody last month after an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes as Floyd said he couldn't breathe. Four officers were fired and charged.

Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests over racial inequality and police brutality in the United States.