Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1196 (Gipson) today, a bill that makes it illegal for law enforcement statewide to use chokehold and carotid restraints to forcibly detain a suspect.
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) authored AB 1196 in response to the tragic death of George Floyd and hundreds of other suspects subjected to dangerous chokeholds and carotid restraints used by law enforcement.
“California has again led the nation by passing some of the strictest police use-of-force standards while also mandating de-escalation and use-of-force training. The people have made it clear that now is the time to rise up and recognize that changes must be made so that law enforcement can do what they were sworn to do – protect and serve,” said Assemblymember Gipson.
“This bill clearly defines some of the substantive changes that are needed. It’s a beginning.”
Gipson stated, “AB 1196 will not bring back George Floyd, Eric Garner, Fermin Vincent Valenzuela or any of the other victims who have died from these restraints but it will prevent more unnecessary fatalities.
It’s a step towards healing and repairing trust between the community and law enforcement. I applaud Governor Newsom for signing AB 1196 and the other police reform bills. Having the incredible support of Speaker Anthony Rendon gave this bill the support need to get it across the finish line and I’m very grateful.”
Last week, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D- Lakewood) appointed Gipson to chair the inaugural Assembly Select Committee on Police Reform. “I am honored by the solemn responsibility of the Speaker’s appointment,” said Gipson. “The committee will continue California’s leadership in police reform and seek measures to ensure public safety.