Sheriff suspends choke hold option for training and field operations

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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 Tuesday, June 9, for the California POST Commission to eliminate the technique from all training regimens. Assembly Bill 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
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