FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—June 26, 2020
Contact: Scott Alonso, 925-536-8110 mobile
District Attorney Diana Becton Issues New Policy to Ban Carotid Holds by DA’s Investigative Unit
Martinez, Calif. – Today, Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announces a new policy for peace officers within the DA’s Office to ban the use the carotid hold technique. The DA’s Office employs peace officers as senior inspectors within the Investigative Unit. The ban is effective as of June 23, 2020. The entire policy manual for the Investigative Unit is available on the DA’s Office website: https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/7619/Office-Policies
“The use of the carotid hold, or also known as a chokehold, has proven to be an unnecessary and deadly police technique and will not be used by members of my Investigative Unit. The risks associated with this technique far outweigh any potential benefit. 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,” stated Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton.