Sheriff suspends choke hold option for training and field operations

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Sheriff Chad Bianco, seen here speaking to press during a cannabis enforcement activity at the Riverside County Sheriff's Command Center at Hamilton High School, has banned the use of chokeholds by all Riverside County Sheriff Deputies. Diane Sieker photo
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco has ordered all deputies to cease using an established neck-holding technique to restrain suspects, in the face of pending changes to California's Peace Officer Standards and Training protocols. Bianco's June 10 decision to remove the “carotid restraint control hold” from the field and training is partly a response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's call on Sunday for the California POST Commission to eliminate the technique from all training regimens. AB 1196, written by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, also seeks to make the use-of-force option illegal. Gipson's bill is awaiting a hearing in the state Senate. The carotid restraint control hold, also known as the “choke hold” or ``vascular hold,'' entails wrapping an arm around a resisting suspe
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