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Old 10-20-2005, 09:44 AM   #11
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Re: Control and Restraint

In answer to Rupert's first questions:

The skills of restraint revolve around one central premise: That one's tactical architectures do not in any way makes use of and/or rely upon compliance.

One may think that is obvious but one would be surprised, even a martial artist looking at his/her tactical architectures, just how much compliance is assumed when it comes to controlling another person that does not want to be controlled.

In our arrest and control system, simply put, we look at the body as a kind of machine, one that presents certain kinds of geometry issues. Since we seek to not be dependent upon compliance, the will of the suspect is not of primary concern -- though the care of the suspect is always at hand. These geometry issues are understood in terms of what the body can and cannot do tactically in terms of resisting arrest and/or attacking the law enforcement agent in question.

As a result, our tactical architectures come on top of the current arrest and control tactics (i.e. those that came out of LAPD and were developed by Mr. Greg Dossey) and are geared toward someone that is resisting arrest (not your normal arrest procedure). We opt to use the ground to assist with the control of the suspect -- seeking to have the person lying in the prone position (face down). In order to keep this position, we also seek to keep control of the both arms and the hips (which are controlled through the arms) while we are tactically aware of how to maintain our own top/controlling position. As more agents are available, these rules remain the same -- just each officer will address one of the control points the single officer was having to control all on his/her own.

When you see someone punching someone else in the back of the head, you are seeing a poor attempt at seeking compliance. It is poor because it does not work. It does not work because striking the back of the head cannot control the body. Such a tactic can only control the mind -- the compliance -- BUT this is a huge maybe (as we can see on the video). Moreover, such a tactic, in my opinion, is immoral because it is not necessary -- because it is born out of ignorance. It's a crazy thing, but folks do it all the time, to seek compliance out of someone that does not want to comply -- very oxymoronic.


David M. Valadez
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