Elk Grove Police drops use of carotid control hold

In an announcement released tonight, the Elk Grove Police Department has announced that its Use of Force Policy is being updated to drop the use of controversial control hold.

Elk Grove Police Chief Timothy Albright said effective immediately the department will prohibit the use of the so-called carotid control hold. Albright's announcement comes following the death of George Lloyd while being arrested by Minneapolis Police on Memorial Day.

“In collaboration with the Chief’s Advisory Board (CAB) and in hearing the concerns of the citizens of Elk Grove, we have moved forward in removing and prohibiting this use of force technique from our policy," Albright said in the statement. "We strive to provide quality service to our community, and we acknowledge the continual need to review our policies to ensure those same policies are reflective of our diverse community and our department’s mission, vision, and values.” 

The death of Mr. Floyd has led to international commendation and protests against a variety of policing practices, including the carotid hold, also known as the sleeper hold or chokehold. Several departments, including the Sacramento, Davis, and others statewide, have voluntarily dropped the use of the controversial technique and California Gov. Newsom directive last week issued a directive to discontinue teaching the maneuver. 

The carotid hold subdues a person by cutting off the flow of blood to the brain. If a person is held too long, it can result in death.

The statement also read "the Elk Grove Police Department continues to be proactive and responsive to the conversations with our valued community members."

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