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LAPD Officer Uses Blood Choke on Suspect

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Example of a Carotid Restraint Hold, or Blood Choke

A man biting and clenching an LAPD officer's arm was subdued after his partner used a chokehold on him last Friday night. The officers were responding to a "fierce domestic dispute" call at a home a few blocks southeast of MacArthur Park. They found the suspect, 25-year-old Antonio Salinas, to be combative, resisting arrest and initiating a physical struggle, according to the LAPD.

"As the officers grappled with the suspect, he twice attempted to get control of one of the officer's batons," explains LAPD in a statement. "Both times, as the officer tried to gain control of the baton, the suspect bit the officer on the forearm. On the second attempt, Salinas wouldn't release his bite, so the partner officer, Oscar Duenas (10 years, three months with the Department) applied a modified carotid restraint control hold to the suspect, causing him to release his bite but not causing him to lose consciousness." (Check out the above video for one example of this kind of chokehold)

Two more arriving officers help take control of the situation, finally arresting Salinas before he was sent to the hospital for facial lacerations and trauma. Not only will he most likely face charges for the incident, he was also booked for an outstanding 2005 murder warrant.