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    Silver Sentinel

    Okay, so Street Warrior_RLSH has just subdued The Taint_RLSV with his unbeatable Big Dong-Fu.. The problem is, the police probably won’t show up the second 911 is dialed. The authorities could take awhile before arriving. That means The Taint_RLSV will have to be restrained, especially if he still has some fight left in him.. and they usually do when they know they’re going to jail. Depending on where you are, you will either be allowed to use mechanical restraints, but if not, then you’ll have to do it the old fashioned way and physically restrain him.

    (I’m going to assume that you are all good boys and girls and are not only aware of the laws and regulations in your area concerning the possession and use of mechanical restraints (i.e. hand cuffs, zip ties, etc), but that you have actually sought out training to use them instead of watching a YouBoob video or reading a three page pamphlet that came with your shiny new eBay purchase.)

    One of the dangers of improperly restraining a suspect (they are all suspects until proven guilty in a court of law), is that improper use of the restraints, or physical techniques can cause what is known as Positional or Restraint Asphyxiation. Even certain choke techniques, or strikes to the throat, can cause swelling after the pressure has been taken off that will cause asphyxia, or loss of blood to the brain. A suspect could be fine one minute, unconscious the next.. and dead not long after.

    He’s in your custody, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE!

    Now there is a lot of information on this topic, too much for me to write a quick post about. If you TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) the following, you are placing yourself AND your associates in danger of losing everything, including their freedom. Don’t bury your head in the sand. You’ve chosen this responsibility, so man up and do the studying and training.

    The following is a leading expert site resource on Restraint Asphyxia, it has plenty of good diagrams to go along with the explanations:

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    Here is a link to the complete PDF file, including all the references:
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    Positional asphyxia, is also known as postural asphyxia, is a form of asphyxia which occurs when someone’s position prevents them from breathing adequately. A small but significant number of people die suddenly and without apparent reason during restraint by police, prison (corrections) officers and health care staff.[1] Positional asphyxia may be a factor in some of these deaths.

    * Positional asphyxia is a potential danger of some physical restraint techniques,
    * People may die from positional asphyxia by simply getting themselves into a breathing-restricted position they cannot get out of, either through carelessness or as a consequence of another accident.

    Research has suggested that restraining a person in a face down position is likely to cause greater restriction of breathing than restraining a person face up.[2] Many law enforcement and health personnel are now taught to avoid restraining people face down or to do so only for a very short period of time.[1] Risk factors which may increase the chance of death include obesity, prior cardiac or respiratory problems, and the use of illicit drugs such as cocaine.[3] Almost all subjects who have died during restraint have engaged in extreme levels of physical resistance against the restraint for a prolonged period of time.[3] Other issues in the way the subject is restrained can also increase the risk of death, for example kneeling or otherwise placing weight on the subject and particularly any type of restraint hold around the subject’s neck. Research measuring the effect of restraint positions on lung function suggests that restraint which involves bending the restrained person or placing body weight on them, has more effect on their breathing than face down positioning alone [4]

    There is a degree of controversy amongst researchers regarding the extent to which restraint positions restrict breathing. Some researchers report that when they conducted laboratory studies of the effects of restraint on breathing and oxygen levels, the effect was limited.[5] Other researchers point out that deaths in real life situations occur after prolonged, violent resistance which has not been studied in laboratory simulations.[6]

    About: Silver Sentinel is a security professional, licensed through the State of New York, and has received training in PPCT, Defensive Tactics, First Aid, I.C. Response, Haz-Mat Responder, Search & Rescue, MERT, CERT, Counter-Terrorism (not as fancy or cool as it sounds), and other skills through his job and activities as a community volunteer.

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