• Randy Reid

Chris Friend Against Common Sense Legislation on Chokeholds

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Time and time again, Chris Friend is on the wrong side of votes in the NYS Assembly. 

Recently, Friend's Southern Tier Republican colleagues in the legislature, Tom O'Mara and Phil Palmesano, both voted to ban chokeholds by law enforcement officers. Yet Friend voted "NO" on this same legislation.

The Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act passed the legislature on June 8, 2020, despite Friend's "NO" vote. The legislation was signed into law on June 12, 2020. The vote was nearly unanimous. Sadly, thanks to Chris Friend, it was not. This was a terrible, embarrassing vote by Chris.  

Look, my dad was a police officer, my son has taken the police exam and is waiting to be called locally. Many of my friends are in law enforcement in some capacity. I have the full support of many law enforcement professionals. I fully support all our hard-working local police officers, sheriff's deputies, state troopers, as well as our corrections officers and private security officers. 

However, when a suspect is lawfully arrested or restrained, it must be done in a manner that does not choke the life out of them. 

Now ask yourself, why is Chris Friend voting against legislation to ban this deadly, needless technique? Is it to just say "NO" for political reasons? It makes no sense.

It's time to say good-bye to your Friend in the NYS Assembly.

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