The Minneapolis City Council voted on Friday to end the use of chokeholds and neckrests, such as those used by a white policeman who, on May 25, pressed his knee against the neck of the unarmed black man George Floyd and coast to coast protests triggered.
In California, Governor Gavin Newsom said he would stop training the state police in carotid restrictions, similar to the technique that former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin had used at Floyd, while three officers stood by and watched Floyd die after he was around Had asked for life.
Minneapolis police released all four officers and they were charged with murder. The incident has prompted communities in the United States to rethink the use of such restrictions.
The Minneapolis decision came in response to a Minnesota state human rights complaint against the city. In a proposed court order that needs to be approved by a judge, the Minneapolis City Council said it would ban all chokeholds and neck grips and urge any member of the police department to report any unauthorized use of force by an official immediately.
"Blacks, indigenous people and color communities have suffered from the pain and trauma of the generations due to systemic and institutional racism and longstanding problems in policing," says the decision unanimously adopted by the Council.
San Diego County, California also banned the carotid restriction this week, in which an official blocks blood flow to an inmate's brain, causing loss of consciousness.
Newsom said he supported legislation prohibiting the use of technology at local police stations across California.
"Ultimately, the carotid grip is designed to literally prevent people's blood from flowing into their brains," Newsom said. "There is no more space."
Many police authorities have stopped using so-called chokeholds, which put pressure on a prisoner's windpipe, but still allow carotid restrictions.
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