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FWPD suspends neck restraint technique following training incident

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:


Tom Powell

Tom Powell is the co-anchor of Fort Wayne’s NBC News at 5, 6 and 11 with Linda Jackson. Tom is also the Assistant News Director at Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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