- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio says he would veto a proposed New York City Council bill that would make chokeholds illegal.

The mayor’s spokesman said Tuesday that de Blasio believes the NYPD internal policy is the best way to regulate the practice.

Chokeholds are banned by the NYPD.

The City Council took up the measure after Eric Garner, a Staten Island man, was placed in a chokehold by a police officer.

He died a short time later. The incident was captured on video.

Police union leaders have opposed the bill, which has not yet gone to a vote.

They have been in a feud with de Blasio. His decision to oppose the chokehold legislation could be viewed as an attempt to repair that relationship.

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