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Keep in mind, it takes very little for a passive resister to become an active resister.
For example, if you grab hold of an arrestee's arms and the arrestee tenses his arms not allowing you to move them behind his back, he has become an active resister. If you grab hold of an arrestee's arms and the arrestee pulls away from your grip, he has become an active resister. If the arrestee begins to walk away from you after you have given him clear commands that he is under arrest and needs to place his hands behind his back, he has become an active resister. Once the arrestee becomes an active resister, there are many new options available to control and arrest.
Remember, if a subject is truly a passive resister, you (using the principle of mass) will be able to place that subject in a position to be handcuffed and removed from the scene. By having the arrestee in a control hold position, you are prepared if the arrestee becomes an active resister.
The last time I was passively resisting as you call it, by refusing to consent to a search without a warrant, I got pulled out of my car window by a cop and was handcuffed until my circulation was cut off in my wrists.
Then they proceeded to tear my car apart until there was nothing left to open or break; they found absolutely NOTHING, then gave me a ticket for some stupid minor offence, something to do with the tags on my plates if I remember correctly.
originally posted by: quercusrex
Once the arrestee becomes an active resister, there are many new options available to control and arrest.