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now that NYC mayor has made choke holds illegal, all NY state troopers to leave NYC because they cant choke anyone!

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now that NYC mayor has made choke holds illegal, all NY state troopers to leave NYC because they cant choke anyone!
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The head of the New York state troopers union wants to yank 200 members from the Big Apple over opposition to the city criminalizing chokeholds, he said in a letter Wednesday — the same day Mayor Bill de Blasio was expected to sign the legislation.

“I am demanding that New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett immediately remove all uniformed State Troopers currently stationed within New York City and cease any law enforcement activities within that jurisdiction,” Thomas Mungeer, president of the troopers’ Police Benevolent Association, wrote in the scathing letter.

Mungeer blamed the “unfortunate decision” calling for the removal of troopers on the “hastily written so-called police reform legislation” passed by the New York City Council last month.

He said the measure — which came amid national unrest following the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — will make it harder for troopers to do their jobs.

“This poorly conceived bill, which will be signed into law by Mayor de Blasio today, puts an undue burden upon our Troopers,” he said. “Furthermore, this legislation will prevent Troopers from safely and effectively arresting resistant subjects.”

“The state law does not allow a chokehold or pressure on the neck — and again we don’t teach that in the academy — but the local law goes beyond that and talks about any pressure on the back of the knee and chest,” he separately told The Post in a phone interview. “We aren’t trained on that — that’s a last line of defense — this local law goes above and beyond with the compression of the chest and the back.”

De Blasio is set to sign the anti-chokehold bill into law later Wednesday — after suffering blowback from NYPD brass who have voiced similar sentiments.