California governor proposes statewide ban on carotid hold, Redding police chief weighs in

Governor Gavin Newsom is calling for a change in police use of force. Governor Newsom wants to end techniques like the carotid control hold

Posted: Jun 8, 2020 7:51 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 9:34 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for a change in police use of force. On Monday, Gov. Newsom announced he wants to end techniques like the carotid control hold.

Newsom also wants to remove similar techniques from police training programs and materials.

Redding Police Chief Bill Schueller says he is disappointed in the governor’s decision to ban the technique and believes that by removing the technique would put both people and officers at risk.

But people believe there needs to be more training.

“I think it should be in training because sometimes people are out of control and there should be more training,” said Shari Chapman of Redding.

Chief Schueller says that chokeholds are banned in the department. The Redding Police Department only uses the carotid control hold only in rare situations and only if a person is being violent.

The California Peace Officer and Standards Training say it continuously updates its training and standards and is looking to work with the governor to update its policies.

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