Union Tribune: San Diego police end use of carotid restraint, effective immediately

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As reported by the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego police will no longer use a controversial neck hold known as a carotid restraint, a move spurred by the death of a handcuffed black man in Minneapolis, which has prompted protests and riots locally and nationally. Officers “will be stopping the use of the carotid technique, effective immediately,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a news conference Monday, after two days of protests in the region that began peacefully but later turned riotous, with some people looting, vandalizing buildings and property, and starting fires.

“We are watching the hurt and pain so many people are expressing after the tragic death of George Floyd, and are committed to taking new actions to make sure something like this doesn’t happen in San Diego,” Faulconer said in a written statement announcing the change. San Diego police Chief David Nisleit also said use of the carotid hold “stops immediately. It’s the right thing to do for our community. It’s the right thing to do for our officers.”

That’s an excerpt from the report published by the Union Tribune on June 1, 2020; read the compete report at https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2020-06-01/san-diego-police-end-use-carotid-restraint-effective-immediately

Watch video of June 1, 2020, press conference on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CityofSanDiego/videos/253324315757613/

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