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Choke and Sleeper Holds

The WSMA does not regard the choke and sleeper holds as casually applied and easily reversible tranquilizers, but should be considered the use of deadly force with the potential to kill.

The WSMA believes that with, or as soon as thereafter as possible, all incidents involving the application of choke and sleeper holds there should be medical surveillance of the inmate. (Res 4, B-83) (Reaffirmed A-17)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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