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January 20, 2010

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Combative subject? Remember to watch the teeth

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When you consider the list of weapons a suspect can use to hurt you, you’ll obviously be thinking guns, knives, clubs, fists, etc. The recent story of a Chicago officer whose nipple was bitten off by a battery suspect serves as a painful and powerful reminder that teeth need to be included in that list.

If you find yourself dealing with a combative individual, make sure that in addition to controlling arms, legs, hands and feet you also focus on controlling the head and neck. Remember, too, to avoid having any part of your body fall within biting range whenever possible.

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