Police Increasingly Using ‘The Wrap’ on Unruly Suspects

The stiff nylon blanket is wrapped around suspects’ legs while a chest harness holds their handcuffed hands in place and keeps them sitting upright, so they can breathe easily. The Wrap is replacing the decades-old “maximum restraint,” or hogtie system. That involves cuffing wrists and wrapping the ankles with a hobble strap, a position that has been linked to suffocation deaths.