San Diego police to stop using blood-stopping neck restraint in wake of George Floyd's killing
Added 06-03-20 10:25:02am EST - “One of the country's largest police forces, spurred by the nationwide protests over George Floyd's in-custody death, will immediately stop using a blood-stopping neck restraint that critics say has disproportionately targeted black…” - Nydailynews.com
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One of the country’s largest police forces, spurred by the nationwide protests over George Floyd’s in-custody death, will immediately stop using a blood-stopping neck restraint that critics say has disproportionately targeted black people.
The San Diego Police Department announced this week it would no longer use the carotid restraint, a method of rendering a person unconscious by applying pressure to the sides of the neck where the carotid arteries are located, which almost immediately breaks blood flow.
The technique, also known as a sleeper hold, is similar to the knee-to-neck restraint used against Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The unarmed black man, who was suspected of passing a counterfeit bill, died after now-former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes, a horrific scene that was caught on video and has prompted nationwide outrage.
“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,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a news conference Monday.
"That starts today with the police chief’s decision to immediately stop this particular restraint that has led to so much concern and frustration by many in our minority communities.”
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