GOP senator says he supports national chokehold ban

GOP senator says he supports national chokehold ban
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Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordBill requiring companies report cyber incidents moves forward in the Senate Manchin's 'red line' on abortion splits Democrats Lankford draws second GOP primary challenger in Oklahoma 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.

“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 ScottTim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid 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 McCarthyCheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress GOP memo urges lawmakers to blame White House 'grinches' for Christmas delays 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.