No ban ever instructed police officers to allow themselves to be in danger from violent people. Some people need to be stopped from struggling and that can be accomplished in many ways but shutting off their ability to inhale by restricting their windpipe or shutting off the blood supply to the brain by restricting the carotid arteries in the neck are two ways that work. Every ban stopped short of forbidding a police officer from protecting themselves by using a chokehold. When it becomes an issue of “either -or” the police will use whatever they feel they need to do to save themselves from injury of death. Yes, death because that’s the choice police confront.

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