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News - June 12, 2020

Governor calls for end to carotid artery restraint by police

Excessive use of force has 'no place' in policing, Newsom says

by Sue Dremann

Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed during a June 5 press conference his support for ending the use of carotid holds on detainees, which is similar to the one used on George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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4 people like this
Posted by Overdue
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2020 at 7:47 am

This is good and overdue news from our Governor. Seems the Palo Alto Police Dept must get rid of its use of strangle and carotid holds now.
But if there is little to no accountability within the department which seems the case now, what does it matter? The only accountability will continue to be through lawsuits we read about and pay for.


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Posted by Zookeeper Approach
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Why can't the police simply use tranquiler darts like they do to catch and subdue wild animals?

That way no one is inadvertently killed and the suspects can then be brought to trial?

With social distancing mandates currently in effect, getting too close to a suspect can also have it's drawbacks from a public health standpoint.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 7, 2020 at 7:53 am

The strangle hold approach is illegal and not part of regular police training. What we all saw was a problem person enacting an illegal procedure in law enforcement training. I don't pretend to know the politics of Minnesota and what ever their history is but that is not what is taught in the police academy.

It harkens to a show on TV about a giant wrestling watch with John Cena defending his world wide title against an other fierce wrestler with a history. The two have gone at it before. The other wrestler was doing the neck choke hold and the referee did not stop it. I think this same wrestler previously did injure John's neck and it took time to repair. It was horrible to watch, as was the current Floyd death. This was not a black - white match. It was US vs a soviet country.

Some one needs to figure out what professional sports are doing to promote lethal behavior. Tons of children were at this giant wrestle mania event. This was a repeat of a previous event. Children and adults are watching some professional events which are triggering societal behavior.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2020 at 5:28 pm

AB119 is a start. But, at some point, we have to address the (non)management of police. Whenever excessive force happens, the issue is always presented as "do police management/politicians/public have your back". Well, that should depend on whether or not police behaved properly, and, if they didn't, then, no, we don't have your back. We have to have a system where police are managed. Everybody in every workplace has their performance subject to review.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 8, 2020 at 6:18 pm

I support considering all specific proposals for reform, whether at the local, state, or federal level.
Contrast this approach with the broad smears others are currently doing: all police are bad/racist, etc., all people who look a certain way are racist, privileged, etc., all gistory of the U.S. is racist, and “defunding” the police. If you propose the latter, please specify in your proposal the exact details. I am in no way affiliated with police, but I think we need police or public safety services in some coherent form relatively similar to what we have now. If you want to reform police PRACTICES, then I surely agree and will listen with interests to your specific proposals.


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Posted by Salena
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm

When Congress abolishes their own Secret Service protection, people will consider abolishing their local police....ie...it will never happen. Just all political pandering for certain votes.


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Posted by Manni
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Why does Gavin get a gun toting Secret Service brut, and yet we are expected to give away our ONLY protection that we pay for with our own TAXES! Why is his life more important than mine? Why does he get to keep his protection yet he supports cuts to my protection?


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Posted by Lorelle
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jun 8, 2020 at 7:56 pm

If it’s ALL ABOUT RACE and only white cops are bad, just ask the family of Christopher Wallace...B..I..G...Russel Poole? LA police has had problems for years! There are good and bad cops of ALL colors! Police aren’t perfect and loose their lives at work...do you risk your life for others everyday you go to your work?


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

Posted by Lorelle, a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)

>> Police aren’t perfect and loose their lives at work...do you risk your life for others everyday you go to your work?

According to this 2016 article, the riskiest professions are: (Web Link)

1) Logger
2) Fisherman
3) Pilot (aircraft)
4) Roofer
5) Trash (garbagemen, recyclers, etc.)
6) Iron and steel worker
7) Driver (truck, sales, etc.)
8) Farmer/rancher/agr. worker
9) Construction supervisor (& similar)
10) Groundskeeper

Recently, I think "health care worker giving COVID-19 care" would be added (Web Link)

Logging, fishing, roofing industries nearly always at or near top of the list. But, consider item #8. Farming. Agricultural workers die to bring us food. It doesn't get any more basic than that. Why don't we have a motorcade every time a farmer dies in the line of duty when a tractor rolls over?


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