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Local Law Enforcement Bans Carotid Control Hold

The Grass Valley Police Department is the latest to ban the controversial carotid control hold…

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Chief Alex Gammelgard says there is an exception, and that is if there is immediate and necessary defense of human life

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The Nevada City Police and Nevada County Sheriff’s Departments have followed with similar announcements. Several police departments have banned the practice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this month. Gammelgard describes the carotid control hold as a martial-arts type move which can momentarily render someone unconscious in order to take them into custody. He also says he doesn’t remember a case in his department where the hold was used.


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