As George Floyd’s death captured in videos went viral, so is the call to suspend the carotid restraint.
It started with the classy San Diego Police Department announcing that they will no longer utilize the carotid restraint.
One by one other police department across the state of California and the nation promised to stop the controversial method.
It is not much a sweeping public opinion but more like a step in the right direction.
Reverend Al Sharpton’s Eulogy at George Floyd’s Memorial Service, could not say it much better.
“The reason why we are marching all over the world is we were like George, we couldn’t breathe, not because there was something wrong with our lungs, but that you wouldn’t take your knee off our neck.
We don’t want no favors, just get up off of us and we can be and do whatever we can be,” he added.
The carotid restraint is a metaphorical, physical, and literal embodiment of one of the obstacles African-Americans have to go through.
This is on the back of their mind, every time they hit the street.
For them, a simple act of being visible in the street means putting themselves in harm’s way.
It has become the symbol of racism across the United States, and getting rid of the carotid restraint is a positive move. As it is one problem less from the racial injustice equation.