Friday, July 18, 2014

Arrest Techniques

It is the duty of a citizen to comply with the lawful orders of a police officer. He was being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes, which is big business in the north east and finances organized crime and even terrorist organizations. Put your hands behind your back and go quietly. The suspect even said he was not going peacefully. The cops did not beat him, they did not shoot him. It's hard to handcuff a large adult man who does not want to go to jail. How many men tackle a quarterback in a football game? Life on the streets is no game.

It is also the duty of police officers to take the proper care of citizens, even the criminals.  There are procedures in place for making an arrest.  In the NYPD the choke hold is prohibited.  Sometimes when people are choked their windpipe can collapse and they can suffocate.  Also large suspects in particular can suffer from positional asphyxia and die because they can't breath in the position they are placed in after arrest.

When a suspect suffers injury, even stops breathing it is the duty of the police to take proper care of the suspect.  There are several alternatives.  Render first aid yourself, CPR is often taught using only chest compressions now.  Use a breathing bag, use a face shield, or simply do CPR.  Snatch and run, put the suspect in a police car and race him to a local emergency room.  Waiting five or ten minutes for the paramedics when a suspect is not breathing is not a good idea; that's what the SGT Says.

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