The Illinois Criminal Code (720 ILCS 5-7-5.5) details prohibited use of force by peace officers. A “chokehold,” meaning the application of direct pressure to the throat, windpipe, or airway of another with the intent to reduce or prevent the intake of air, is unlawful under the Illinois Criminal Code when used by a law enforcement officer in any situation where deadly force is not justified. It is therefore unlawful for a Glen Ellyn Police officer to use a chokehold where deadly force is not justified.
It is the policy of the Glen Ellyn Police Department to handcuff arrestees behind their back unless there is a medical issue or physical limitation where it would otherwise be precluded (e.g,. pregnancy, broken or missing limb). When placed in the back of a Glen Ellyn squad car, arrestees are seated in an upright position in the back seat and secured with a seat belt. The Glen Ellyn Police Department does not use prone maximal restraint methods (e.g. “hog-tying”).