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Police Introduce ‘Restraining Bags’ in Escalation of War Against the Mentally Ill

Restraining Bag-1Isaac Davis, Staff Writer
Waking Times

The tone of policing in America is on a downward spiral as cops around the nation are hardening themselves against a public that is growing more and more frightened of the thin blue line. Along with many well-publicized incidents that make it to national media, many concerning changes are happening outside of the limelight. An example of this is a new living body bag that is being used to restrain uncooperative individuals.

Earlier this year the New York Police Department (NYPD), an organization of some 34,000 uniformed officers and an annual budget surpassing $5 billion, introduced a new crime fighting device, the ‘restraining bag,’ or as it is sometimes affectionately called, ‘the burrito.’ It is essentially a full-body sized duffel bag that officers can stuff a perpetrator into and cart him off to jail like a piece of luggage.

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Manufactured by DeSantis Gunhide, a division of HELGEN Industries Inc., the EDP bag, which is an acronym for ’emotionally disturbed person,’ retails from $750 to $899 and has already been used hundreds of times in 2016 by the NYPD. As reported by Gothamist, the EDP bag was used 122 times in a 110 day period between January and April of 2016, with one very disturbing incident being caught on video by a concerned bystander.

“In March, a video was posted to YouTube showing NYPD macing a man and then restraining him in what the uploader described as a “body bag,” zipping it all the way over the arrested man’s head.

The man restrained in the bag in the video posted in March allegedly failed to pay his subway fare, the Times reports, and he’s said to have became violent when officers tried to arrest him, flailing his arms, kicking, and spitting. He allegedly struck one officer in the head with his elbow and injured another. He now faces charges for felony assault, among others—but his lawyer, Andrew Miller, says that’s completely backwards.”

The idea, as we’re told, is that the bag will protect police officers from seriously disturbed people, but apparently the definition of ’emotionally disturbed’ is so loose that it includes the most basic hopeless efforts of resisting arrest or actively protesting treatment by police, even for crimes as trivial as failure to pay for the subway.

“Use of such restraint traumatizes a person in emotional distress and exacerbates the condition and experience of the crisis for the individual. It is a dehumanizing tactic, and promotes stigma against people with mental health issues.” Carla Rabinowitz, of Community Access

In reality, however, this is yet another abuse in the long and growing list of dehumanizing measures being used by American law enforcement in the pursuit of exacting total government control over any beings who inhabit the physical space known as the United States of America. And people with mental health problems do have greater reason to be afraid of police as it is shockingly common for officers to use deadly force against the deaf, the autistic, the deranged, or the out of control, even when contacted by family members who are seeking help in resolving non-violent conflict.

According to the website Cops Plus:

“New York officers are familiar with the unfortunate routine of bringing in an emotionally-disturbed person (EDP) to the psychiatric emergency room or temporarily to a holding cell. With these incidents in mind, DeSantis has developed the EDP Bag to specifically meet the needs of professionals in Emergency Service Units. The bag is a modern straightjacket reinvented, securing EDPs from the scene of an incident and safely transporting them to a hospital for appropriate care if they pose a danger to themselves or others. The durable bag features seven carry handles for an even weight distribution. Crafted from strengthened, porous materials, the bag allows for bodily fluids to pass. DeSantis’ bag is easy to clean and disinfect after each use.”


Instead of re-thinking brutal tactics or increasing accountability for officers like Daniel Pantaleo who choked New Yorker Eric Garner, a father of six, to death for illegally selling cigarettes on the street, the NYPD is doubling down on its intent to control people at all costs, even though the result will undoubtedly be a greater rift between citizens and police.

“If people in the mental health community find out that their fate is to be put in a body bag, they will fight even harder to not get into a body bag.”Carla Rabinowitz, of Community Access

The roots of the problem lie in training, lack of accountability, militarization, hiring practices, a culture of ‘brotherhood’ and a general shift in consciousness of local, state, and national government, and new devices and tactics like these are only a symptom of these problems.

Read more articles by Isaac Davis.

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Isaac Davis is a staff writer for and Survival Tips blog. He is an outspoken advocate of liberty and of a voluntary society. He is an avid reader of history and passionate about becoming self-sufficient to break free of the control matrix. Follow him on Facebook, here.

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  • Judy Steffel

    Having dealt with people who aggressively resisted arrest/custody, tried to kick out patrol car windows when already handcuffed, etc., I think this “burrito bag” is a great idea.

    We had to resort to “Samsoniting” people – handcuffed wrists behind the back, ankles secured with large zip ties, handcuffs linked to the ankle restraints with more large zip ties. Lifting the subject by arms and legs could easily result in permanent damage to the rotator cuffs of the subject *and* the backs of the officers doing the lifting.

    Covering the subject’s face may seem a step too far, but hepatitis C was endemic in the community where I worked and none of us was too eager to get spat on.

    Yeah, it might be traumatic for someone with serious claustrophobia. More traumatic than torn rotator cuffs? Being Tazed? Being whacked with nightsticks? Being shot because nothing else worked?

    • Colleen Downie-Baker

      I agree with you. And for everyone who thinks this is horrible: go get your police academy training, become an officer in your area and see which way you want to handle these types of situations. So easy from the outside looking in. Try being the officer who does handle it.

  • yerfackingmammy

    Who’s crazier, the person who resists being stuffed into a duffel bag or the one who doesn’t?

  • Matrixixixix

    So it takes 5 cops to put the bag on, another 5 to watch and 2 to guard them. All while about 50 citizen (or “bodies” as the cops like to say) stand around and watch. And that’s when the “perp” is cooperating… Does anyone really think they’ve got the manpower to impose martial law? This is yet another psy-op to paralyze the people into submission. If they get martial law it will only be because the public is too afraid to resist it. There’s no way they could pull it off with force. Non violent civil disobedience en masse is the only answer. Violence will only justify and feed their psychotic need for violence.

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  • Julian O’Neill

    the people behind this, including those who demand it, those who supply it, and those who do not speak out against it are all dehumanized utterly vile people!

    There MUST be a way for it to be organized a massive protest against this inhumanity.

    • TrevorD

      Every day something new from the Elite psychos in readiness for such `a massive protest` which I feel will begin shortly after the next US election, no matter who wins. However they are readying themselves and yes the American people must be ready too. I just hope that the first and only ones to try out and permanently wear these bags are the very `crazy elite` that intoduced them.

      • Julian O’Neill

        it reminds me of the horrific treatment of others we witnessed on the news from Guantánamo Bay! Seeing their victims brought out all swaddled up on wheelbarrows, all their senses cut off. it was VERY shocking. Especially when you knowing that the whole ‘war on terror’ is fabricated by the ones doing it!

        • TrevorD

          Ya was very shocking. Never seen such inhumanity paraded on MSM. I felt sick and angry. Surely we will see more whistleblowers having some balls and coming forward to shed a light on who the `real ` terrorists are. Seems the upcomg election is bringing in a few truths. Hope it continues and that we all continue waking up to the tryanny that has prevailed for far too long. For now however I feel that these `body bags` wil be rolled out on mass and used on any occasion necessary, filmed freely and televised as a message from our beloved leaders. “This is what will happen to you if you do not follow our script“ The `Elite` now, more than ever feel threatened. We will see more of these escapedes as they squirm, trying to gain control but eventually to only sink in their own filth and wrong doing. End Times indeed…..for them.

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