The Problem With Police Neck Holds

11 min
The Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who used a carotid hold during a Nov. 27, 2019, struggle with a suspect who later died has faced allegations of excessive force and was dishonest during testimony about his use of the controversial maneuver during a 2015 arrest. (Farida Jhabvala Romero/KQED)

A Petaluma man named David Ward died last week shortly after a sheriff’s deputy put him in a neck hold, according to the Sonoma County sheriff's office. Neck restraints came into national consciousness after the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York. We don’t know whether Ward’s death was caused by the police restraint, but KQED has learned that the officer involved has lied about using this kind of hold before.

Guest: Sukey Lewis, KQED criminal justice reporter