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Following Manuel Ellis' Death, Washington State Lawmakers Consider Hog-Tying Ban

Lawmakers in #Washington state are mulling over a proposal to ban police from using hog-tying as a restraint technique, spurred by the death of #ManuelEllis, a Black man who died in police custody nearly four years ago. Ellis's demise, which occurred while he was handcuffed and his feet were bound together, ignited protests against racial injustice in the Pacific Northwest. His sister, Monet Carter-Mixon, likened hog-tying to inhumane treatment akin to that of animals.

Democratic Sen. Yasmin Trudeau, the bill's sponsor, emphasized the need to prevent the dehumanization Ellis experienced. The proposal reflects a broader trend of states enacting policing reforms following high-profile incidents like the death of #GeorgeFloyd.

While the U.S. Department of Justice has long advised against hog-tying due to the risk of positional asphyxia, the technique persists in some jurisdictions. Witnesses testified in favor of the ban, citing its inhumane nature and potential to restrict breathing.

Opponents, including law enforcement representatives, argue for exploring alternatives rather than an outright ban. Republican Rep. Gina Mosbrucker suggested funding grants for training in safer restraint methods.

The proposed legislation follows previous police reform measures in Washington, signaling ongoing efforts to address issues of police conduct and accountability in the state.

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Link: APNews 


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