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by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 9, 2020) — On his radio show Tuesday, host, former NYPD officer and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino spoke about recent calls in some communities to “defund the police” and the meaning of the terms “no-knock warrant” and “carotid restraint.”

The name of the episode is “Stand up for the Truth.”

As this writer listened to the podcast, Fox News Capitol Hill producer Chad Pergram tweeted that he could confirm Bongino will be a witness at the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning on the topic of “Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability.”

The House Judiciary Committee website does not yet list the witnesses who will appear at Wednesday’s hearing.  However, at the opening of the show, Bongino said he had a “big update on what may happen tomorrow” with the suggestion of more elaboration later in the show.

In discussing the use of police “chokeholds,” which some jurisdictions are considering abolishing by policy, Bongino said that while an untrained individual should not attempt a “carotid restraint” or “chokehold,” the latter can prove life-saving to a person who has been attacked by a criminal and whose life is threatened.

The carotid restraint “is not a chokehold,” Bongino said.  “It’s not a choke; it looks like a choke…the carotid restraint, where the crook of the elbow is on the windpipe..the forearm and the bicep restrain the carotid artery…this is a safe maneuver…Chokeholds are very dangerous…”

Of the carotid restraint, Bongino said, “It is a very effective way of stopping someone trying to kill you from actually killing you if you’re on the street…” which should not be restricted by policy-makers.

The uproar over local policing techniques arose on May 25 as cellphone video of Minneapolis resident George Floyd lying in the street with an officer’s knee pressing on his neck went viral.

Floyd lost his life as then-MPD Officer Derek Chauvin continued the pressure for nearly nine minutes, during which three other officers did little to intervene as Floyd gasped, “I can’t breathe.”

All four officers are now in custody, with Chauvin charged with second-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter.

Later in the show, Bongino said that many police departments expect “quotas” to be met each month by patrol officers, which can lead to “policing for profit.”

At 4:35 in the show, Bongino admitted that current questioning over policing practices constitute a “national crisis.”

“No-knock warrants,” he said, are “issued in the limited scenario…where the person you’re arresting is a known violent felon…You have to actually produce evidence the person could be violent.”  Banning them entirely, Bongino said, would be a mistake.

He referred more than once to what he believes was an outstanding monologue by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.




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  1. News Release
    Friday, September 29, 2006

    Police Use Control Hold to Subdue Subject

    Los Angeles: Officers responding to a radio call of a man with a mental illness exhibiting bizarre behavior used a control hold to subdue him Sunday afternoon.

    On September 24, 2006, shortly after 3:00 p.m., Harbor Area Officers Dana Lovato and Jesus Ruiz responded to the radio call in the 1400 block of West Carson Street. When they arrived, police saw Ronald Manosa, 21, standing in front of an apartment building. Officers attempted to make verbal contact with Manosa but he was unresponsive. Based on Manosa’s strange behavior, officers waited several minutes before deciding to approach him.

    While police were attempting to handcuff Manosa, he resisted and began to fight. Officers wrestled him to the ground and requested assistance from other units. The fight continued for several more minutes increasing in intensity and bringing the two officers to the point of almost complete exhaustion. Finally, Officer Ruiz, in a last ditch effort to control Manosa, used his hands and applied a Carotid Restraint Control Hold. This proved effective stopping Manosa’s aggressive and violent behavior. Additional units arrived and assisted in taking Manosa into custody.

    Department policy allows for the use of a Carotid Restraint Control Hold for self-protection or the protection of others from immediate serious bodily injury or the threat of death.

    Los Angeles City Fire Paramedics responded and transported Officers Lovato and Ruiz to Torrance Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained during the fight. Ruiz received a hairline fracture to his right forearm; Lovato suffered numerous abrasions. Both were treated and released.

    Manosa received treatment for several abrasions. He was then taken to Twin Towers Correctional Facility where he was booked for resisting arrest.

    Force Investigation Division is handling the inquiry. Questions may be directed to Media Relation Section at 213-485-3586