Maximum Force Shield

The Maximum Force Shield

The Maximum Force Shield (MF Shield) is a new product that allows police officers to restrain and immobilize violent suspects without the dangers associated with traditional restraining methods.

Current situation

Responding to calls involving violent, incoherent or uncooperative subjects can be dangerous to officers as well as to the individual being subdued. Irrational subjects are extremely unpredictable in their behavior. They may act out violently without regard for themselves or the officers. They may exhibit extraordinary strength thus extreme measures and considerable force is often necessary to subdue such individuals. When responding to this type of call, be aware that your life, and that of the subject may be on the line. Some common methods of restraint such as piling on the subject can inhibit oxygen flow and cause trauma to body parts and body's organs. Oxygen deprivation may injure or kill a subject. When this happens the officers and agency will likely be under fire. Pepper spray and other similar chemical compounds used to control combative subjects may subdue an individual, but can result in an allergic reaction and irritation of the airways that reduces the amount of oxygen that can pass into the lungs. The strain of the struggle itself causes a greater need for oxygen in the blood. Alcohol, meth-amphetamines or other harmful substances can elevate blood pressure and increase the body's need for oxygen and thus aggravate the problem. Under normal circumstances, the subject will be confronted head on and may be wrestled to the ground in a facedown position with officers kneeling on his back and legs. If further control is necessary, additional officers often pile on top of the subject. This type of restraint makes breathing very difficult for the subject and contributes to further resistance as the body automatically struggles to take in more oxygen. Death may result from positional asphyxia. Sudden death of a person in custody is neither a new phenomenon nor the result of the use of pepper spray or of a TASER device. Such death can be the result of various factors, including the individual's physical condition and the method used to subdue and restrain him.

Use of Taser devices

Tasers represent a safer and less lethal alternative to handgun usage in law enforcement situations. While there have been deaths related to Tasers usage, they are generally considered a less lethal weapon than the standard issue police sidearm. Critics argue that Tasers as well as other high-voltage stun devices can cause cardiac arrhythmia in susceptible subjects leading to cardiac arrest and death if not treated immediately. Although medical conditions or use of illegal drugs among some of the casualties may have been the cause of death, the electric shock of the Tasers can significantly heighten such risk for subjects in an at-risk category. This suggests that Tasers and other electroshock weapons would be dangerous to use on people with certain medical conditions.

The Legal Battle

High-dollar claims against police departments are not uncommon in these situations. The chief medical officer for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department suggested that deputies should stop using unnecessary restraint methods developed at a time when police encountered mostly young, healthy men in violent states.

Two are better than one. (The New Approach)

The Maximum Force Shield was designed as a response to the problem of officers getting injured in the job when restraining combative subjects. The design of the MF-Shield is that of two capture shields held together as a flexible device that allows for a wide area of protection for the officers doing the restraining of combative subjects. In addition, the "clam" like shield serves to contain any violent force by the combative subjects while at the same time it protects them from injuries to themselves. With the MF-Shield the officers apply an even distribution of pressure on subjects over a large area of two capture shields. This even distribution of pressure on a subject allows him to breathe while safely containing most of his aggressive movements within the double clam shield.

Additional Benefits

The Maximum Force Shield, when used on a combative subject who is on the floor, allows him to "cool off" and vent his anger under the protection of a double capture shield. The MF Shield is ideal for breaking up fights among inmates or any crowd situation. The “clam” like design of the MF Shield makes it ideal to be used in confined spaces such as when doing cell extractions. One Maximum Force Shield is all that's needed when doing cell extractions. Typically officers will move into a small cell holding the MF Shield in a close position and open it just before making contact with the subject. The Maximum Force Shield, due to its design, allows for a quick deployment and less need for protection devices used by officers. This results in time saving and money savings to any department. The two horizontal straps located at the hinges on the back of the MF Shield allow for quick removal and carry away when the shield is no longer needed. The MF Shield has a dark screen to prevent the subject from seeing the officer who’s confronting him. This feature diminishes the subject’s vision and capacity to orient himself. Riot situations During riots, the Maximum Force Shield can be used in the same way as described previously. In situations where there might be flying debris thrown at the officers, the MF Shield can be used to enclose them selves or someone else in need of protection. The "clam" like shield with the convex side toward the outside serves as a defense barrier from flying objects. The inner tension mechanism of the MF Shield allows it to clam onto itself and enclose an individual for protection. Once inside the MF Shield the person can hold on to the tension straps to keep the device firmly closed and able to move it as he chooses.

Teddy Garcia MD
President - Garcia Tech. llc
784 Blanding blvd Suite 108
Orange Park, Fl. 32065

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