I do not think there is a police officer anywhere in the world today who does not know the dangers of death in making or attempting to arrest by strangulation hold.
The neck has two major things, both of which, when cut off or restricted for sometimes a very short period, can cause death.
Please watch the video. The recipient had to be treated at the hospital.
The neck carries the windpipe of the airway to a person’s lungs; when restricted in a stranglehold, it will not allow air to enter the lungs, and the person will die. The neck also carries the main blood artery to the brain and, when restricted or cut off for a very short time, can cause brain damage by restricting oxygen carried in the blood to enter the brain. Also, restricting the central blood vein can cause death.
So, if a police officer knows that and still decides to arrest someone by applying strangulation, they must be guilty of attempted murder. There can be no excuse in saying, Oh! I did not know that because, as a police officer, you should know that.
According to the US and the World media reports [it was even well reported in SVG], George Floyd lost consciousness after a Minneapolis police officer placed him in a chokehold. He later died. I know that you know that, and everyone knows that if the Vincentian police officer did not know, he should be fired from the force for being grossly ignorant and stupid.
In Saint Vincent, there is far too much police brutality with little care if a person lives or dies at their hands. I suggest that when these police officers conduct themselves so: they be named and shamed in the public media. We give their full names and addresses and tell the public who they are and where they live. What police station they are attached to, along with rank and number. Post their photos in public media, and be sure to post everything on Facebook. That I believe will stop this kind of behaviour.
If the Minister in charge of the police fails in his duties in not reprimanding the police chief when his officers get out of control,
then we must do his job for him.
Let us start with the officer in the video who almost killed Mr Carlie John. Anyone who can identify him, please send me the details, everything you know about him –
Nathan J Green at email@example.com
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