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California governor ends police training in ‘sleeper hold

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he has ordered the state police training program to stop teaching a neck hold that blocks the flow of blood to the brain, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 5, 2020. Speaking from the Unity Center at the California Museum, Newsom said he ordered the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to stop teaching officers how to use the “carotid holds,” following nearly two weeks of protests across the country after the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered the state’s police training program to stop teaching officers how to use a neck hold that blocks the flow of blood to the brain and endorsed legislation that would ban the practice statewide.

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