Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints. (SB5049)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Law-enforcement officers; prohibition on the use of neck restraints. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a law-enforcement officer to use a neck restraint in the performance of his official duties. 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. Read the Bill »


09/03/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200054D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
08/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB5049)
08/20/2020Rereferred from Judiciary (9-Y 5-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)