Code of the District of Columbia

§ 5–125.03. Unlawful use of neck restraints by law enforcement officers and special police officers.

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(a) It shall be unlawful for:

(1) Any law enforcement officer or special police officer ("officer") to apply a neck restraint; and

(2) Any officer who applies a neck restraint and any officer who is able to observe another officer's application of a neck restraint to fail to:

(A) Immediately render, or cause to be rendered, first aid on the person on whom the neck restraint was applied; or

(B) Immediately request emergency medical services for the person on whom the neck restraint was applied.

(b) Any officer who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined no more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, or incarcerated for no more than 10 years, or both.