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.

Fenway Park environs, Game 1 of 2007 World Series

Major U.S. Police Groups Agree on De-Escalation Policy

Eleven leading law enforcement groups declare that, “An officer shall use de-escalation techniques and other alternatives to higher levels of force consistent with his or her training whenever possible and appropriate before resorting to force and to reduce the need for force.”