Effective immediately, the Carotid Restraint Control Hold is no longer an authorized use of force for the South Pasadena Police Department. In reviewing the Department’s policies regarding use of the controversial carotid hold, the Chief of Police has determined that it should no longer be an authorized use of force and that it will be removed from the current policy in its entirety.
Also known as a sleeper hold, the Carotid Hold is a method of rendering a person unconscious by restricting the flow of blood to the brain by compressing the sides of the neck where the carotid arteries are located.
On Friday Governor Newsom directed the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) to stop providing training in the use of the hold and signaled his intention to sign a bill (AB 1196) which is intended to ban the use entirely.
South Pasadena joins other local agencies in the elimination of this technique in response to community concerns.