Day: August 30, 2017

Blog_ Avoiding Deaths in Custody

Your police training will include two medical conditions that cause suspects to die in custody: positional asphyxia (strangulation caused by a body position that interferes with breathing) and excited delirium (a psychiatric condition that causes bizarre behavior and can lead to strangulation or cardiac arrest). You should be especially watchful when suspects are restrained face-down with their hands behind their backs. Put suspects into a seated position quickly, monitor them for symptoms of breathing difficulties or cardiac problems, and call for medical help if you see signs of possible medical problems.