Assemblymember Gloria Co-Authors Legislation to Ban Carotid Restraint in California

Monday, June 8, 2020

California Set to Eliminate Law Enforcement’s Use of Carotid Restraint

SACRAMENTO, CA – Following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by four police officers and a national conversation emerging on police use-of-force, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) today announced that he is co-authoring legislation to ban California law enforcement’s use of the carotid restraint.

The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis demands that we review and revisit how police officers operate and the way they interact with the public,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Ending the use of the carotid restraint is in the best interest of public safety and public trust. I am grateful to all those who have been on the front lines of this fight such as the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego who spearheaded this initiative locally and got it done. We will do the same in California.”

Assembly Bill 1196 (AB 1196) will create a uniform statewide policy eliminating the use of the carotid restraint by law enforcement. Police departments in several major California cities, including San Diego and San Francisco, have already eliminated the use of the carotid restraint; however, the need for a statewide policy still remains.

Though one of law enforcement’s most commonly used restraint techniques, the hold can have long-term medical impacts well after an individual’s interaction with law enforcement. This can occur if the hold is improperly applied or due to an individual’s physical disposition. In both cases, the move can be lethal or potentially lead to irreversible brain damage.  

The state bill, principally authored by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Compton), was formally introduced at a press conference today in the California State Capitol.