San Diego police suspends controversial neck restraint that killed George Floyd
New Delhi : A week after tragic death of George Floyd, an incident that burned United States, San Diego Police has banned controversial practice of carotid restraint.
San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer and police chief David Nisleit announced the development in a press conference. Nisleit said this is the right thing to do now for the community.
Under the carotid restraint, an immobilisation technique, a police officer applies pressure to sides of a detainee’s neck to render him unconscious. “But no police academy that we know of teaches a police officer to use their knee, to put it on their neck,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which researches and advises on police practices, to,d news agency Associated Press.
“That’s just not taught because that can impact their breathing and their carotid artery (a crucial vessel that supplies blood to the brain),” he added.
46-year-old George Floyd was killed by a white officer in Minneapolis after an employee at a grocery store called police to accuse him of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.
Chauvin and the three other responding officers have been fired, and the FBI is investigating whether they willfully deprived Floyd of his civil rights.
Other cities like New York and Chicago have already banned the practice of restraining a person throug this controversial hold. However, Minneapolis where Floyd was killed, allows it.