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720 ILCS 5/7-5.5

    (720 ILCS 5/7-5.5)
    Sec. 7-5.5. Prohibited use of force by a peace officer.
    (a) A peace officer shall not use a chokehold in the performance of his or her duties, unless deadly force is justified under Article 7 of this Code.
    (b) A peace officer shall not use a chokehold, or any lesser contact with the throat or neck area of another, in order to prevent the destruction of evidence by ingestion.
    (c) As used in this Section, "chokehold" means applying any direct pressure to the throat, windpipe, or airway of another with the intent to reduce or prevent the intake of air. "Chokehold" does not include any holding involving contact with the neck that is not intended to reduce the intake of air.
(Source: P.A. 99-352, eff. 1-1-16; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)