Have you ever seen a video of a cop trying to handcuff a big guy who is face down and really doesn’t want to be cuffed? The crook wants his palms down so he can push up and fight, the cop wants his arm down, palm up, so he can’t. The cop gets his arm down, the guy gets it back up. The cop gets it down and tries to get a cuff on him. The guy doesn’t allow it, and so on and on. Eventually he gets a cuff on, and then there’s the other side.
This goes on for quite some time, often accompanied by several Taser shocks, until finally, at long last, the guy is cuffed behind his back, and the arrest can proceed. The cop is furious and exhausted.
Unfortunately, the guy sometimes gets shot or strangled in the process.
Here’s an idea for redesigned cuffs for wrists and ankles that largely does away with all the wrestling. The ankle cuffs may become the preferred ones.
Both upper and lower cuffs are constructed the same way. Both are constructed of tough but flexible material such as plastic or nylon. Their operation is similar to standard handcuffs: they may be tightened by squeezing the ratchets, but may only be released with a key.
These cuffs are different from standard cuffs in that they are connected by a tough tape whose end is attached to one cuff, passing through a bracket in the second, and ending at a handle that is used to pull the cuffs together. The tape is then locked to the second cuff with a ratchet device that is only unlocked with a key.
The tape between the handcuffs may be about four feet long, ending in a strong handle. The ankle cuff tape may be six feet or so, ending with the same handle. The ankle cuffs may prove more useful against a resisting prisoner because the ankles are in a weaker position when face down. In fact, if an ankle is raised, the leg is in its weakest position and is easily cuffed. The long tape puts the prisoner out of reach of the arresting officers once it’s on.
In either case, once the cuffs are tightened and pulled together the prisoner is easily controlled. The prisoner can be released and the arresting officers can back away. With ankle cuffs, the prisoner can roll over and sit up, but if he attempts to stand a quick jerk on the tape will seat him again. He can only get relief by accepting hand cuffs, so that the ankles can be released.
With the handcuffs on, the prisoner can easily be jerked into submission if need be with the handle at the end of the tape. It isn’t necessary to put hands on the prisoner except to prevent him from purposely injuring his head on the police car.
The cuffs construction, with a long tape connecting them, will easily overcome most of the resistance a prisoner might muster, and the safety of the arresting officers is more easily maintained.