Some of you may be aware of the case (USA) of Terry Thompson who used a choke hold to restrain John Hernandez after he was observed urinating in a car park. John Hernandez died as a result and this week Terry Thompson was sentenced to 25 years in prison. This video may be of interest to many here.
While the law around this kind of thing will vary from place to place (law is not the same here in the UK), the case does highlight for everyone that the use of force always caries serious risks physically and legally. The risk to benefit ratio therefore needs to be firmly tilted in the right direction.
While urinating in public is unlawful and unpleasant, the use of force in this case resulted in a death, a grieving family, a 25 year prison sentence and children growing up without their father (possibly mother too as she is also facing murder charges).
A tragic case and a strong reminder of the need to maintain a very high threshold for the use of force.
All the best,