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Choking and Strangle, there is a difference

August 02, 2001
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Choking and Strangle, there is a difference

One of the biggest mistakes in report writing is when a law enforcement officer is told by the victim, "he/she put their hands around my neck and was choking me."

The LEO will state in his report, "the suspect choked the victim." The proper term is, "strangle." Choking is when you swollow something and it obstructs the breathing. Strangle is to press on the airway to stop breathing. When writing a report, and somehow the case makes it to court, the jury would probably look upon strangle as much more serious as choking.

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