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Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton on Friday announced a new policy for investigators, banning the use of the carotid restraint hold technique.

The ban applies to the law enforcement officers who act as senior inspectors within the district attorney’s office’s investigative unit.

Becton said:

“The risks associated with this technique far outweigh any potential benefit.”

She added:

“This important policy change reflects a positive move forward in police community relations and reinforces the continuous need to focus on de-escalation, training, and tactics.”

The ban took effect Tuesday.

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