Vote on Milwaukee police chokehold ban delayed for second time

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commissioned delayed a vote to ban chokeholds for a second time Thursday, April 15.

The delay occurred despite protesters marching to City Hall, calling for a total ban on chokeholds by Milwaukee police.

"Ban chokeholds no exception," chanted protesters marching toward City Hall.

"It's not going to solve all the problems of policing, but it is one way that the people can still be protected," said protester Kamila Ahmed.

The vote did not take shape because Fire and Police Commission Chair Nelson Soler was not there. Vice Chair Angela McKenzie called for the delay.

"So that we're all present and we can all take the vote," said McKenzie.

Commissioner Everett Cocroft said he was ready to vote Thursday.

"I prefer to take the vote tonight, but I do understand there could be more comments," said Cocroft.

Three members of the public spoke in favor of a total ban, in addition to lots of emailed comments received by the board.

"The Fire and Police Commission should ban chokeholds without exception," said Paul Menzina at the virtual meeting.

A total ban may not be what ultimately passes. The new proposal includes language that officers still have all rights of self defense given to them by Wisconsin law. McKenzie also seemed to scold members to review a legal opinion from the City Attorney's Office received back in March.

McKenzie also said she wants to hear from more members of the public during the meeting itself.

The commission is set to discuss chokeholds again on May 6.

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