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Missouri Senate votes to limit police use of chokeholds

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has voted to limit when police can use chokeholds. The bill's 31-2 bipartisan passage Wednesday in the GOP-led Senate represents a rare step by state lawmakers to take action in response to police violence.

Little has been done by Missouri's Republican Legislature since a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. Suburban St. Louis Sen. Brian Williams this year proposed banning police chokeholds following George Floyd's death.

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The bill was pared back to only allow police to use chokeholds in self-defense if they or someone else are in serious danger.

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