He has directed California police departments to end the practice immediately.
Newsom's comments came a day after Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, introduced Assembly Bill 119 to make it illegal to use carotid restraint.
The state banned chokeholds, also known as neck restraints, by officers decades ago, Newsom said, but strangleholds were still being used.
Newsom used the press conference, which over the past two months has largely focused on issues related to COVID-19, to emphasize the state's commitment to change and improve its treatment of people of color. He has traveled throughout the state to speak with community leaders about the racial inequities and subsequent outrage over police abuses.
"The black community does not need to change. We need to change," he said. "We can't be long on rhetoric and short on results," he said.
The governor said the state will also look at standardizing how force is used in protests, such as the use of tear gas and projectiles such as rubber bullets. Currently, municipalities have their own policies, which vary.
The state enacted Assembly Bill 392 last August, which is the country's toughest law against the use of force. The bill redefines when homicide by an officer is justifiable. Under previous law, a homicide committed by a peace officer was justifiable when arresting a person who committed a felony and the person was fleeing or resisting arrest.
AB 392 limits deadly force to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or to another person, among other reasons related to a threat of serious injury or immediate threat of death.
That bill hasn't stopped violence by police and mistrust, however, Newsom said. Senate Bill 230, legislation on implicit bias training enacted in September 2019, is set to go into effect in January 2021. Newsom said his staff is looking into implementing some of the bill before that time, however.
He added the state is working to address disparities related to incarceration, prenatal care, early education and other programs. He noted that only 10% of black students have met proficiency standards by the eighth grade.
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