San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said that he is supporting a California legislation to totally ban carotid restraint at the statewide level.
In a press briefing, Mayor Faulconer noted that it was San Diego Police Department Police Chief David Nisleit’s initiative to ban the use of the controversial restraining method.
“Last week we saw a very meaningful progress to ban the carotids restraint method we began the week of course with chief Nesleit announcing SDPD will stop the use of this method,” said the Mayor.
“And soon after other cities in the county and throughout the state took note and are following in those same footsteps and of course even the governor came out in support for this forum,” he added.
He also mentioned that state assemblyman Mike Gibson has reached out to his office regarding his plan to ban the use of carotid restraint in the State of California.
“I want to commend the assembly member for reaching out to my office in (the) development of this bill. And I am proud to lend my support but what is (a) very positive step forward,” said the Mayor.
He also acknowledged that “there is more work to be done and more reforms to introduce” to move the current watershed movement that the United States is experiencing which brought by the death of African-American George Floyd.”
Floyd died while being arrested by four Minneapolis Police officers, one of them kneeled over his neck while the former lay flat on his stomach and pleaded he cannot breathe.
The arrest was captured by several bystanders with their cellphone cameras that went viral online.