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California pushes rules on breath-restricting police holds

Police Face Down Suspects
Posted at 12:18 PM, Sep 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-10 15:18:27-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would bar police from using certain face-down holds that have led to multiple unintended deaths under a measure headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The bill expands on the state’s ban on chokeholds in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis policeman.

The Assembly gave final approval Thursday on a 50-15 vote.

The measure by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gipson would prohibit police from using techniques that create a substantial risk of what’s known as “positional asphyxia.”

They include putting suspects face down, then pressing down on their backs with hands, elbows or knees to gain control.