Better Late than Never-Vermont bans Police Chokeholds and mandates Body Cams.


On 13th July 2020, Governor of Vermont i.e. Phill Scott gave green light to a new law bill. This bill mandates the police personnel to wear body cams on duty and forbids them to use chokeholds while arresting someone. This legislation prohibits the use of any maneuver on a person that applies pressure to the neck, throat, windpipe, or carotid artery that may prevent or hinder breathing, reduce intake of air, or impede the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain. The author will try to throw some light on the history of racism in the USA and will give his critique on such laws.

Authored by Shaurya Shukla, Chanakya National Law University, Patna.