FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Fort Wayne’s NBC News has learned the Fort Wayne Police Department has temporarily suspended the use of what’s called the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint or LVNR.
A memo sent to department personnel says they are to “suspend its use UNLESS deadly force conditions are present.”
A police source tells Fort Wayne’s NBC a FWPD lieutenant had a medical emergency Monday during training.
They are uncertain what caused the emergency. We’re told it is not uncommon to suspend certain practices as investigations into incidents take place.
Fort Wayne’s NBC contacted Police Chief Steve Reed for an interview about the incident.
The department put out the following press release after our request for an interview:
On January 16, 2019, the Fort Wayne Police Department issued a General Order temporarily suspending the use of the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR) as an approved defensive tactics technique.
In October of 2014, the LVNR was introduced as a control measure in response to resistance, notably violent resistance. The strength of the technique is that it is less injurious than a traditional strike, and historically a low probability of injury to the offender AND officer. The technique is utilized to quickly, safely and efficiently take offenders into custody.
The suspension of the LVNR is in response to potential safety concerns regarding the application of the technique.
The Fort Wayne Police Department shall continue to strive in making public safety, as well as officer safety, a priority. Understanding that both defensive tactics training and real world application of force have a certain level of risk attached, we will continue to strive to mitigate any unnecessary risk to the public or our officers.