Code of the District of Columbia

§ 5–125.02(Perm). Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) A “trachea hold,” “arm bar hold,” or “bar-arm hold” means any weaponless technique or any technique using the officer’s arm, a long or short police baton, or a flashlight or other firm object that attempts to control or disable a person by applying force or pressure against the trachea, windpipe, or the frontal area of the neck with the purpose or intent of controlling a person’s movement or rendering a person unconscious by blocking the passage of air through the windpipe.

(2) A “carotid artery hold,” “sleeper hold,” or “v hold” means any weaponless technique which is applied in an effort to control or disable a person by applying pressure or force to the carotid artery or the jugular vein or the sides of the neck with the intent or purpose of controlling a person’s movement or rendering a person unconscious by constricting the flow of blood to and from the brain.


(Jan. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-77, § 3, 32 DCR 6497.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 4-189.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 5-302.

Editor's Notes

Mayor authorized to issue rules: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 5-125.01.