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A demonstration over George Floyd’s death on June 3, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama via Getty Images

The California legislature on Thursday gave final approval to a bill barring certain life-threatening face-down holds that can lead to asphyxia.

Why it matters: The Angelo Quinto Act, named after the Filipino American Navy vet who died in Antioch last December after police allegedly knelt on his neck for five minutes, expands upon the chokeholds ban instituted in the state following George Floyd’s murder.

Details: The bill was introduced by Democratic Assembly member Mike Gipson, a former police officer, and bars techniques that can cause substantial risk of positional asphyxia, which occurs when someone cannot breathe due to the positioning of their body.

  • Such holds can compress people's airways, and often involve restraining suspects face down and pressing down on their backs.
  • It passed the state Assembly in a 50-15 vote on Thursday and now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom's (D) desk.

What they're saying: Gipson tweeted "Justice for #AngeloQuinto!" after the bill passed and expressed gratitude for the Quinto family.

The other side: The bill has faced pushback from the California State Sheriffs' Association, which called the provision too broad, per AP.

Many law enforcement agencies have already restricted use of such holds, according to AP. Nevada enacted a similar ban last year.

The big picture: Asian American civil rights groups have pushed for the bill's passage for months, pressing for greater transparency and police accountability.

  • The bill also gained attention after Alameda police pinned down Mario Gonzalez for more than five minutes in April, leading to his death.
  • Such tactics became the center of renewed controversy after a veteran forensic pathologist testified during Derek Chauvin's trial that the position of Floyd's body appeared to show he could not get enough oxygen before he died, and that "there's no evidence to suggest that he would have died that night except for the interactions with law enforcement."

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Why it matters: These advances can fight but also foster racial discrimination.

Scoop: U.S. and Israel to form team to solve consulate dispute

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (right) meet in Washington. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel are planning to form a joint team to hold discreet negotiations on the reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.

Why it matters: The consulate handled relations with the Palestinians for 25 years before being shut down by then President Donald Trump in 2019. Senior officials in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's government see the consulate issue as a political hot potato that could destabilize their unwieldy coalition.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.