Poll: Overwhelming Majority Of U.S. Adults Support Banning Use Of Chokeholds By Police Officers

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A majority of adults in the U.S. are in support of banning the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers.

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday shows 63 percent of adults support a ban, while only 35 percent believe the practice should be continued.

The poll included questions on other race-related issues like changing the names of military bases named after Confederates.

“While 56% are opposed to changing U.S. military bases named for Confederate leaders, which stand as a reminder of the nation’s complicated history with race, 42% of Americans support the move,” ABC News reports.

“Nearly three-fourths of Americans believe that the federal government should not provide payments to black Americans whose ancestors were slaves to compensate for the toll of slavery. Only 26% of Americans are in favor of reparations,” the report adds.

These figures changed substantially by the race of those polled:

Beyond these topline divisions over handling the scars of America’s past, there are stark racial divides. Black Americans are far more likely to support renaming Confederate bases and reparations than both white Americans and Hispanics.

In the new poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ Knowledge Panel, two-thirds of Black Americans favor renaming Confederate bases, which is more than double the support among white Americans (32%), and is 13-points higher than the approval among Hispanics (54%).

In light of events in Minneapolis and Atlanta, the New Jersey legislature nearly unanimously passed a bill that would outlaw most uses of “deadly force” tactics such as chokeholds.

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NJ.com reports the officers will be limited to use deadly force only to “protect the officer or another person from death or serious bodily injury, to arrest or prevent the escape of a violent criminal, or to prevent the commission of a violent crime.”

Assemblyman Jamel Holley commented: “We’re calling for change in the way African Americans and others are treated in this country during police interactions. Far too many instances have occurred and far too many lives have been lost due to the misuse of excessive force in policing. There is a problem with the use of the chokehold as a tactic that must be addressed.”

The legislature passed two other bills that will increase training for law enforcement officers and aid in collecting information on systemic racism:

The Assembly also passed a bill (A1076) 78-0 that would require the attorney general to collect race, ethnicity, gender, and age data on arrests and outcomes, which advocates say could help point out disparities in arrests in African-American communities. Those reports and analyses would be public.

Another bill (A3641) approved Thursday would require law enforcement training including training implicit bias and strategies to “eliminate unconscious biases that shape behavior and produce disparate treatment of individuals based on their race, ethnicity, religious belief, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics,” according to the bill, which passed 77-0 with one abstention.