Death of Petaluma Man Calls Use of Carotid Hold into Question – December 12, 2019

With the most recent Sonoma County in-custody death, the issue of using tactical restraint holds, like the so-called carotid hold, are raising concerns about excessive use of force

52-year old David Ward died the day before Thanksgiving after being placed in a carotid hold by a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy. The exact cause of death is still under investigation. KRCB’s Adia White talked with a member of the county’s law enforcement oversight council as well as Find links to more reporting on this topic at