Ed-vise: Choke Hold

A lovely morning GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, looks like Oregon Spring is here. At least for a bit. Get ready for the allergies! It’s not COVID…It’s HAY FEVER!

What Would You Do Wednesday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s WEDNESDAY! And I do love WEDNESDAYS!

Straight from the headlines: Homeless man dies in chokehold on subway.

Apparently a homeless person was having a manic episode on the subway. Flailing around and throwing things at passengers. Said he hadn’t eaten in some time and didn’t mind going to prison.

When it reached a level of whatever, a former Marine slapped a chokehold on him and took him down. The Marine was on his back with the homeless person’s stomach, face, and chest exposed to the crowd. The crowd would push the man’s arms away as he flailed while in the choke hold.

Witnesses say he was in the hold for around 15 minutes.

The man went out. Emergency services arrived and could not revive him. He died.

Rear naked choke is taught to just about all the services. Taught to police as well. If it takes that long for you to subdue someone (15 minutes) with a rear naked choke, YOU are doing it wrong!

There was no reason whatsoever to keep that choke on for that long.

Take the person down with a rear naked choke. Fine. Put your “hooks” in (your heels on the upper thighs of opponent) OK. From there, you have them. Especially if you are on the ground with them. Especially if you have other people assisting you.

Fights done. You have them. If you know anything about self defense or Ju Jitsu or grappling, it is at that point you can de-escalate the person. Talk them down. You have their ear…it’s right there by your mouth. You can calm them down. You don’t have to choke them out.

That Marine and the bystanders don’t read Ed-vise. They don’t ask What Would You Do with a person having a manic episode. And the Marine…he probably doesn’t train. Instead, he probably learned how to apply the choke. Not about the details of what to do with it.

Now, he has to live with the fact he killed another human being. Whatever the courts say or charge him with. Whatever his defense of “Self Defense” will be. At the end of the day, he has to live with the fact another person died because of his actions. And that is that.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Be the person a stranger will do CPR on. Check in on each other and remember if you stick your hand in a blender you will get a…HAND SHAKE! BWAHAHAHAHAHA…ewww!


Published by edhlaw

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