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Gov. Newsom orders state police to end 'carotid hold' training

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 16:13:18-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the state police training program to stop teaching officers how to use a hold that can block the flow of blood to the brain.

It is Newsom's first action following two weeks of protests across the country after the death of George Floyd. Floyd died on Memorial Day after a police officer put his knee on his neck for nearly 10 minutes.

Since then, some police departments have moved to end the use of carotid holds that stop or slow the flow of blood to the brain.

RELATED: More San Diego law enforcement agencies are dropping the use of carotid restraint

San Diego Police was the first local agency to ban the restraint technique and was soon followed by several other departments:

  • Carlsbad Police Department
  • Chula Vista Police Department
  • Coronado Police Department
  • El Cajon Police Department
  • Escondido Police Department
  • La Mesa Police Department
  • National City Police Department
  • Oceanside Police Department
  • San Diego Community College Police Department
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
  • San Diego Harbor Police Department
  • San Diego State University Police Department
  • San Diego Unified School District Police Department
  • University of San Diego Police Department

Newsom said that hold has no place in the 21st century.