When Do You Hold Your Ground?

3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis Falls Mob Torches

Minneapolis police station burning

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a 38-year-old civil rights lawyer, was the one who made the decision to have officers surrender the 3rd Precinct.

The 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was set on fire Thursday evening after police evacuated the building…

The National Hit & Run media of course have already convicted the officers involved as well as some in police management whose job after all is Monday morning quarterbacking; they apparently felt compelled to weigh-in from the safety of their offices hundreds of miles away but hold on:

County attorney says there’s evidence in George Floyd case that ‘does not support a criminal charge’


What is a ‘neck restraint’?

The Minneapolis Police Department’s Policy & Procedure Manual defines a neck restraint as a “non-deadly force option.”

The handbook reads: “Defined as compressing one or both sides of a person’s neck with an arm or leg, without applying direct pressure to the trachea or airway (front of the neck). Only sworn employees who have received training from the MPD Training Unit are authorized to use neck restraints.”

The book has two types of neck restraints:

  • Conscious Neck Restraint: The subject is placed in a neck restraint with intent to control, and not to render the subject unconscious, by only applying light to moderate pressure.
  • Unconscious Neck Restraint: The subject is placed in a neck restraint with the intention of rendering the person unconscious by applying adequate pressure.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, speaking to reporters Tuesday, was asked about the use of the knee on Floyd’s neck during the arrest.

“We clearly have policies in place regarding placing someone under control,” Arradondo said, explaining that those policies “will be part of the full investigation we’ll do internally.”

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