COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed, state representatives on both sides of the aisle have introduced bills to reform policing and hold violent protesters accountable.

Democrats and Republicans who spoke with Spectrum News 1 say they support the First Amendment right to protest and they want the process to remain peaceful. They also want police to rely on their training when dealing with the community and not use certain weapons and tactics they may not use as often.

It has been six weeks since George Floyd died when a a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground.

“What a horrible thing for anyone to see and I can’t unsee it,” said Akron Democratic Representative Tavia Galonski.

While the move is not technically a chokehold, that has not stopped Galonski and fellow Ohio Democratic lawmaker Michele Lepore-Hagan (Youngstown) from trying to ban the maneuver.

“You might use other moves to try and restrain someone, I applaud that. If the officers need to do their job, then I don’t mind that, but you certainly don’t need to kill someone, and that is the problem with the chokehold,” said Galonski.

All four officers alleged in George Floyd’s death were fired and face charges — a much different fate than that of the Cleveland officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice in 2014. Timothy Loehmann was never charged and was only later fired for not disclosing he had been previously dismissed by another department.

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By: Josh Rultenberg