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Tiburon, Belvedere police move toward ‘8 Can’t Wait’ reforms

As the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparked nationwide protests to reform and defund police departments, Tiburon and Belvedere officials are examining first-step changes to their own use-of-force policies under the guidelines of the growing “8 Can’t Wait” movement. But even after issuing updates, in several cases where the guidelines ask departments to “require” or “ban” actions, Tiburon’s and Belvedere’s policies still leave considerable room for officer discretion — including the use of carotid restraints, a “sleeper hold” that cuts off blood flow to the brain and is being banned across California and the nation. (BREAKING: Tiburon police on June 24 announced the department has now banned carotid holds.)

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