Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints. (SB5002)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints. Prohibits the use of neck restraints by law-enforcement officers. The bill defines "neck restraint" as the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure against the neck, including the trachea or carotid artery, with the purpose, intent, or effect of controlling or restricting the person's movement or restricting the person's blood flow or breathing, including chokeholds, carotid restraints, and lateral vascular neck restraints. The bill also provides that, in addition to any other penalty authorized by law, a violation is grounds for disciplinary action against the law-enforcement officer, including dismissal, demotion, suspension, or transfer of the law-enforcement officer. Read the Bill »


09/03/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


07/19/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200124D
07/19/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
08/18/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5002)
08/20/2020Rereferred from Judiciary (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
08/20/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
09/03/2020Incorporated by Finance and Appropriations (SB5030-Locke) (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)