SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday urged mayors and other local authorities around the state to end reliance on the National Guard and curfews to help deal with policing of protests over the death of George Floyd.
“As they recognize the conditions have changed for the positive I would highly encourage them to pull back on those supports,” Newsom said following days of protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.READ MORE: Monday's Show Info. (7/4/22)
Some California cities and counties have already ended curfews because protests were largely peaceful in recent days following heavy bouts of violence, but others still have the curfews in effect.
“My hope and expectation is that many local elected officials and law enforcement officials will no longer be in need of those state assists, and then we could begin to pull back in an expeditious manner, but a very thoughtful manner,” Newsom said.
National Guard members could be redeployed to provide logistical support for food banks that are helping people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
The governor also said he has ordered California’s state police training program to stop teaching officers how to use a carotid hold on suspects that can block the flow of blood to the brain.
Newsom said the hold has no place in the 21st century.READ MORE: Fire Damages Commercial Structure In Arden-Arcade
Curfews were imposed for several days in many cities — some as early as 1 p.m. — after a weekend of unrest and looting — blamed mostly on non-protesters.
A curfew remained in force in the capital city of Sacramento. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California urged the mayor and City Council to revise or rescind it, saying it suppressed “protected political speech.”
Cities were criticized for taking the rare step to force residents to stay home and then use the order to arrest thousands of peaceful protesters who stayed out past curfew.
Places that lifted curfews this week included Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland and several San Francisco Bay Area counties.
Newsom also called for uniform approaches by police in dealing with demonstrations across the state.MORE NEWS: Father Drowns In Lake Berryessa While Trying To Save Son
“Protesters have the right not to be harassed, protesters have the right to protest peacefully, protesters have the right to do so without being arrested, gassed and shot at by projectiles,” he said.