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Pending a review of its policies and training, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the agency has suspended its use of a controversial choke hold that restricts blood flow to the brain, causing the restrained person to lose consciousness.

The announcement came as protesters around the country push for law enforcement agencies to end in-custody violence against black people.

"The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is committed to provide a high-level of service to our community," the department said in an afternoon news release. "As part of this commitment, our policies and procedures and training are constantly reviewed and updated to reflect best practices.

"One area currently under review is the use of the carotid control hold," it continued, referring to the controversial restraint measure. "Effective immediately, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has suspended the use of the carotid control hold pending a thorough review of our policies and training."

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