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Group calls for bans on chokeholds by Columbia police

A group calls for a ban on chokeholds by Columbia police officers.

Kirubel Mesfin and Peoples Defense rallied against the move on a rainy Wednesday night downtown.

“The chokehold being one of those main responses where usually when it’s used the reasoning isn’t justified. That’s why Peoples Defense is trying to get that banned.”

Mesfin says seeing the deaths of George Floyd and Eric Garner changed his life.

“I promise you it won’t be the last time that we’re going to have a story like that. It wasn’t the first. It’s kind of just like it’s an endless cycle and it has to break at some point.”

Mesfin spoke on The Mike Ferguson Show on Wednesday.

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