SAN DIEGO POLICE AND SHERIFF TO END USE OF CONTROVERSIAL CAROTID CHOKEHOLD

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Update: 6/3/20 San Diego County Sheriffs Department joins a number of local law enforcement agencies to ban the carotid chokehold

Update: 6/5/20 La Mesa Police also announced a halt to carotid restraints.

By Miriam Raftery

June 2, 2020 (San Diego) – In the wake of protests over excessive police use of force that have rocked the nation in recent days, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit (photo, left by Ron Logan) announced yesterday that his department will stop the use of the carotid restraints procedure. 

The protests came in response to the death of George Floyd, shown on video being killed by a Minnesota police officer who kept a knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes. The officer has been fired and now faces a murder charge.  However, Minneapolis police have caused people to become unconscious 44 times since 2015 with neck restraints, NBC has reported.

SDPD has faced complaints in the past over its use of chokehold tactics. 

“It’s the right thing to do for the community and it’s the right thing to do for our officers,” Nisliet said of eliminating carotid restraints, adding that he will direct officers in a memo today to stop use of the method.

But ECM news partner 10 News reporters that Sheriff Bill Gore told the station his department will continue to allow the carotid restraint. 

 

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Not the issue..

The hold is not what caused the death. The extended amount of time that the guy was on his stomach with his hands handcuffed behind his back and pressure on his back is what caused the main issue. The added pressure on the neck just made the entire thing worse. You can 100% choke someone out by laying them on their stomach with their hands extended behind their back and pressure on them. It prevents your lungs from expanding like they need to get air. Add the fact that the carotid chokehold was used in addition over a long duration is what caused the death. The issue with the carotid chokehold in this case is the fact the cop stood on him for 8 freaking minutes, not the actual restraint.