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Chicago Area Churches Join Nationwide Protests Over Recent Grand Jury Decisions

Father Michael L. Pfleger holds mass at St. Sabina Church after they held a “take back the streets” march in protest of the recent grand jury decisions in police-involved deaths on Dec. 7, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.

Several Chicago aldermen have proposed a ban on the use of chokeholds by city police as well as other law enforcement and private security in the wake of protests related to the death of Eric Garner, the New York City man who died in July as a result of a police chokehold.

“It is our intention to forbid the use of chokeholds by peace officers and security personnel in order to avoid a similar tragic death in Chicago,” Ald. Ed Burke (14th), a former police officer, said in a statement. “We must take every step to safeguard the health and well-being of a suspect while effecting an arrest or overcoming resistance.”

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