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Riverside County Sheriff’s Department suspends the use of chokeholds

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Riverside County Sheriff’s Department  suspends the use of chokeholdsThe Riverside County Sheriff’s Department suspended the use of the Carotid Restraint Control Hold, also known as a chokehold, from training and as a force option effective immediately and until further notice.

A carotid restraint compresses the neck arteries and restricts blood flow to the brain, rendering a person unconscious -commonly referred to as a sleeper hold.  Elected officials are currently looking at a statewide ban while local agencies reconsider their use of the technique.The use of it raised a lot of controversy, most recently in the death of George Floyd. The Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Ana police departments have also  suspended it’s use.

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