June 1, 2020
NAACP San Diego Branch welcomes the announcement from Mayor Falconer and Chief Nisleit that the City of San Diego will end the use of the carotid restraint, also known as the choke hold. This step is long overdue, as has been amply shown for years by the Racial Justice Coalition and others.
We regret it took the loss of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the voices of thousands of local protesters for the city to finally reach this critical decision. Many groups including NAACP San Diego Branch had advocated for years to ban the use of carotid restraint holds to no avail. Finally, city leaders concluded what we have known for years; carotid restraint holds are dangerous and ill-advised.
We mourn the loss of Mr Floyd, and we hope that this is just the first of many fundamental changes to result from his ultimate sacrifice. We also hope it will not take such tragic events to achieve other needed justice system reforms.
Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch