Calls for Police Reform Gain Traction Locally
September 23, 2021
Residents in Ventura County, California are pushing for more police reform following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin.
While some say change has been slow, it appears local law enforcement has answered those calls and is committed to keeping the dialogue going.
Protesters called for more training in the use of force and tactics to avoid violent confrontations.
Following Floyd’s death, the state’s first response was to ban the carotid restraint, or, as Howard Henderson, founding director of the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University, calls it, “the low- hanging fruit” of police reform. Simi Valley police had already prohibited its use.