SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday it would end the use of the carotid restraint.
Sheriff Bill Gore said in a statement that " I am stopping the use of the carotid restraint by my deputies effective immediately."
"I have and always will listen to any feedback about the public safety services we provide. Working together, we can ensure San Diego remains the safety urban county in the nation," he added.
The news comes days after the San Diego Police Department said it would end the use of the carotid restraint.
San Diego Police Chief Nisleit said during a news conference that he would direct officers in a memo Tuesday to end the use of the carotid restraint procedure following a weekend of nationwide protests against police violence.
“It’s the right thing to do for the community and it’s the right thing to do for our officers," Chief Nisleit said. “Some will say it’s taking away a tool, I say it’s adding a layer of protection."
The announcement comes as thousands of people throughout San Diego County took to the street to protest the death of George Floyd.
Following the announcement, the Oceanside Police Department said they would also end the use of the carotid restraint.
"It is time for our department to focus on alternative de-escalation tools and techniques tha will help ensure the safety of those individuals in custody," the department said.