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Positional asphyxia, also known as postural asphyxia, is a form of asphyxia which occurs when someone's position prevents them from breathing adequately. A small but significant number of people die suddenly and without apparent reason during restraint by police, prison (corrections) officers and health care staff.[1] Positional asphyxia may be a factor in some of these deaths.

  • Positional asphyxia is a potential danger of some physical restraint techniques,
  • People may die from positional asphyxia by simply getting themselves into a breathing-restricted position they cannot get out of, either through carelessness or as a consequence of another accident.



1607 An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown.)
1785 Naturalist and artist John James Audubon was born in Haiti.
1865 John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded and killed by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va.
1937 Planes from Nazi Germany raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
1945 Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.
1964 The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1989 Actress-comedian Lucille Ball died at age 77.
1998 Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading Guatemalan human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
2000 Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
2005 Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended as Syrian soldiers completed a withdrawal brought about by international pressure and Lebanese street protests.
2008 Police in Austria arrested a man accused of holding his daughter captive in a windowless cellar for 24 years, fathering her seven children and killing one of them. (Josef Fritzl is serving life in a psychiatric ward.)
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