Minneapolis and California Move to End Police Chokeholds and Neck Restraints

  • Prominent Democratic politicians in Minneapolis and California moved to end use of chokeholds and neck restraints by the police following the continued coast-to-coast protests after an unarmed black man named George Floyd died on May 25 due to police chokehold. While the Minneapolis City Council voted on Friday to end any kind of neck restraints (including chokeholds) by the police, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that the state would end carotid restraints in state police training. Meanwhile, 57 officers in the riot squad of New York’s Buffalo have resigned from the Emergency Response Team (and not the police department itself) following the suspension of 2 officers for seriously injuring a 75-year-old person (a longtime social activist named Martin Gugino). On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the two police officers who harmed the elderly must be fired from the police department. While calling for a probe in the matter, Cuomo said that “possible criminal charges” must be pressed against the two officers. On Friday, Mayor of District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), Muriel Bowser, has painted the street leading to the White House with the words: “Black Lives Matter”. The Secret Service has said that they have put black fences along the Eisenhower Executive Office Building entrance on 17th Street NW “to maintain the necessary security measures surrounding the White House complex”. The US President Donald Trump has urged the US state governors to stop the protests and dominate the streets. Thousands of protesters marched in solidarity with the ongoing protest against racial inequality in the US because they say it is not an American issue but a global one. The NBA legend Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $100 million to those groups that are fighting against racial discrimination to bring social justice for the black-colored people in the US.