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A form of restraint used to subdue overactive, unruly, violent, or inebriated subjects to prevent them from harming themselves and others, which consists of occluding the upper airway by compressing the thyroid cartilage and displacing the tongue posteriorly; the choke hold is more dangerous than the carotid sleeper, which cuts off the flow of blood to the brain, but does not compromise the airways
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Wrestlers pumped up on steroids use all sorts of great moves - eye gouges, chair smashing, low blows, choke holds, body slams, crude gestures and crass banter - to the background of fireworks and dazzling lights.
The court in Henrich, for example, distinguished between a policy that limits the use of choke holds to protect suspects from being fatally injured and a policy that bans high-speed chases in order to protect bystanders.
For an hour Kendall and Starr struggled for hammerlocks and choke holds like klutzy, overgreased wrestlers.
Although the department has outlawed the use of carotid-artery holds, or choke holds, which cut off oxygen to the brain and can cause death, the LAPD still sanctions some less-dangerous upper-body control holds for subduing suspects.
While police commissioners have occasionally overruled administrative judges, Safir has flatly stated that choke holds are unacceptable.