Why Not NVCI?

I’m going to be blogging about the above article, I think, and the latest developments in the Ethan Saylor case, so I’ll have much more to say about all this later on.

But when I read this morning that Ethan Saylor’s death was back in the news, a man who died of proximal asphyxia after being restrained, I was reminded of how I just keep coming back again and again in my writing to this question:

Why aren’t law enforcement officials trained in CPI’s Non-Violent Conflict Resolution? Or, if they are, why aren’t they using it?

It’s what I was trained in as a professional who might be required to address the needs of an individual who was not in control of their actions and needed to be restrained (as a last resort) for their own safety or the safety of others around them. NVCI holds, when done properly:

  • Are safe for the individual and for the person (people) doing the hold.
  • Can be done on all people of all body sizes (even very large people)
  • Allow people to be put in transit without breaking the hold
  • Let people involved in two-person sub in and out if the hold has to be done for a long period, without breaking the hold
  • Allow people to be safely re-positioned if necessary.

There are none of the dangers caused by putting the individual’s head between their knees, cuffing them behind the back, leaning or kneeling on them, or tasering them.

The impulse to stop a person with the maximum amount of force of available isn’t always the best impulse to follow. Sometimes it means that people die that didn’t have to, and that didn’t deserve to.

I already wrote about this on my blog here, about the death of Anthony Corona, and will likely write more next week about Ethan Saylor.

See you tomorrow.

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