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How To Prevent Positional Asphyxia

By taking precautions in how people are restrained and by monitoring restrained subjects, officers can reduce the potential for in-custody death.

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Union Chief Urges NYPD Officers to "Proceed with the Utmost Caution"

Patrick Lynch—the longtime president of the Police Benevolent Association—has sent a strongly worded message to the agency's rank and file officers following the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of killing Eric Garner in 2014 but was cleared of all wrongdoing.

Fired NYPD Officer to Sue Commissioner to Get Job Back

Former Officer Daniel Pantaleo—who was fired by Commissioner James O'Neill on Monday—intends to sue to get his job back.

NYPD Fires Officer Accused in Eric Garner's Death

Commissioner James O'Neill said that it was "an extremely difficult decision" to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

NYPD Officer Faces Disciplinary Trial Over Eric Garner Incident

“The evidence will show that the ultimate autopsy was wrong,” London said, at times saying the officer used a “neck hold” rather than a chokehold. “Officer Pantaleo was justified in using physical force to make this arrest.”

VA Police Say Handcuffed Teen Shot Herself at Traffic Stop

Sarah Wilson and her boyfriend were arrested during a stop in Chesapeake after officers allegedly found drugs in the 1996 Lexus the couple were driving. Police said they handcuffed Wilson and, while attempting to apprehend her boyfriend, 27-year-old Holden Medlin, he became combative and ran away from the scene.

Texas Department Fires 5 Officers, Suspends 2 Following In-Custody Death

The Fort Worth (TX) Police Department fired five officers and suspended two without pay after the in-custody death of a suspect who had complained of medical issues.

Philadelphia Man in Police Custody Dies of Suspected Heart Attack

The 39-year-old man was arrested for allegedly shoplifting. Authorities say there was no struggle or force used during the arrest.

Knife-Wielding Suspect Dies Following Struggle with Massachusetts Officers

The suspect—identified as 25-year-old Erich Stelzer—was taken into custody and was being transported to a nearby hospital by responding EMS when he reportedly became unresponsive and was pronounced dead.

Missouri Man in Handcuffs Escapes Police, Jumps to His Death from Overpass

The Kansas City (MO) Police Department said that a man who had been taken into custody on Interstate 435 was able to escape detention, fled on foot, and then leaped to his death from a highway overpass.