Mayor Kevin Faulconer said San Diego Police Department will no longer utilize a choking technique that killed African-American George Floyd in apprehending suspects.
The Mayor made the announcement together with Council President Georgette Gomez council member Monica Montgomery (District 4) and Police Chief David Nisleit in a press briefing Monday afternoon.
“The Police Chief David Nisleit announced that he will be stopping the use of carotid restraint technique in the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) effective immediately,” said the Mayor.
“I thank the chief (of police) for his action, I thank the chief for his continued leadership in our department and our entire community. (After all) we have one goal right now: to keep people safe make sure that those that are assembling peacefully can continue to do that in the City of San Diego,” he added.
Mayor Faulconer also expressed his distaste over the way Floyd was arrested and killed.
“San Diegans have the right to be upset (about) what happened to George Floyd. I’ve been very upset about it myself…So let’s do something about it. We have some real wounds in our nation, that we can help begin to heal here in San Diego,” he said before announcing that the carotid technique will no longer be used.
The carotid restraints, also known as the blood chokes or sleeper hold are a form of strangulation that compresses one or both carotid arteries and the jugular veins without compressing the airway.
Unfortunately, Floyd died during his apprehension, when the arresting officer kneeled on his neck, the former suffocated.
The Mayor noted that, in last year alone, SDPD used the carotid restraint techniques 70 times.
Police chief Nisleit also expressed his feelings toward the incident.