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Death draws attention to police putting suspects face down

Mario Gonzalez
Police Custody-Death
Posted at 1:10 PM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 16:10:04-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It’s common practice for police around the U.S. to place combative suspects face down and press down on their backs with hands, elbows or knees to gain control. They aren’t supposed to do it for an “extended period” because that can lead to injuries or death.

The technique is in the spotlight after police video released last week showed officers in Northern California struggling with a man for more than five minutes as he lay face down.

Mario Gonzalez

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Man who died in police custody was pinned for 5 minutes

Alex Hider
6:51 AM, Apr 28, 2021

A California lawmaker who is a former police officer is trying to outlaw methods that can induce what's known as positional asphyxia.

Police say the proposed ban is either too vague or unnecessary.