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Fort Wayne Police Department releases details of neck restraint suspension

The suspension comes after two officers went to the hospital this week.

Posted: Jan 18, 2019 5:48 PM
Updated: Jan 19, 2019 8:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Fort Wayne Police Department opened up about the suspension of LVNR, or Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint, Friday. 

This comes after two officers went to the hospital after the technique was used in training Monday. 

LVNR is typically used on violent or combative offenders. 

"If a police officer tells someone to turn around and put their hands behind their back, and they say, 'no,' and take a fighting stance, and then assault the officer, that would be a time appropriate for this particular technique," said Captain Juan Barrientes. 

Monday, Captain Tom Bandor was one of the officers who participated in the training. The next day, he felt ill and went to the hospital. 

Another officer went straight to the hospital from training. He was not identified, but has since been released from the hospital. 

Police said the suspension of the technique was a safety precaution. 

"At this point in time we have no information to show that the LVNR actually caused either one of the officers' medical events," said Captain Shane Lee. 

The restraint uses pressure on the sides of the neck to subdue an offender and slow blood flow, but contrary to some reports, it is not a choke hold. 

"It is not a choke of any kind. At no point do we obstruct an airway. At no point do we apply pressure to the airway," Barrientes said. 

Police said they do expect to eventually bring the technique back. 

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