Bath Salts, The Fear Factor and Handcuffing

Last year I encountered a young man who was under the influence of bath salts and at the time my state did not outlaw them for illicit use and neither did the DEA. Since that time both have done so.

Adding it up

You know how mean the streets can be.  There is no referee in the back yard of a home you just chased a suspect behind at 0300 hours.  Some of these chemicals that suspects are ingesting are doing things to people that science has yet to figure out, but can give the perpetrator super-human strength.  Brush up on your body language skills for threat recognition, and ACT by handcuffing them when appropriate.  It’s a case-by-case situation upon review with emphasis placed on officer safety due to Graham, the official position of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

I would always suggest engaging your law director, prosecutor or police legal advisor with questions before a problem occurs. 


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About The Author:

Keith R. Lavery, M.A., CMAS, is a full-time criminal justice educator teaching at a public Career Center, University System of Ohio. He has facilitated and designed criminal justice, security, and law enforcement courses of instruction at the post-secondary level. Keith had a very diverse police career spanning nearly 20 years, working in urban and rural law enforcement settings with assignments ranging from patrol to specialized functions, to include HIDTA Drug Unit, CLANLAB Enforcement Team, SRT and Supervision. In 2008, Keith was awarded the Certified Master Anti-Terrorism designation from the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board. Academically, he has completed post-graduate course work dedicated toward a Doctorate in Education. Keith is currently the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Cleveland, Ohio, Chapter of ASIS International.

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