California Bans Chokeholds, Shuts Juvenile Halls in New Reform Package
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a pair of bills that will bar law enforcement from using chokeholds and require the state attorney general to investigate fatal police shootings of unarmed people, Courthouse News reports.
The ban on so-called carotid holds does not apply to the sort of suffocation that killed Floyd when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck. But a new California law was needed, Newsom said, because the tactic no longer had a place in modern law enforcement.
The other bill, imposing a standardized process of independent investigations of police killings, was opposed by police groups but supported by the district attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sacramento.
In other legislation Newsom signed, California will make major changes to its juvenile justice system, shifting responsibility for housing and rehabilitating minor offenders from the state to the county level.