A December 2017 CNN article by former FBI-agent, James Gagliano, about the death of Daniel Shaver claims:

To those speculating as to why he would have been asked to cross his ankles, this is standard arrest protocol in a high-risk scenario. If a subject is lying prone or kneeling with their ankles crossed, the un-crossing of ankles requires an additional movement prior to any effort to escape or physically confront arresting officers. This provides officers more reaction time.

But asking a subject to crawl forward with crossed ankles is not a standard safe arrest practice or protocol.

None of the arrest and search training documentation I have seen online advocates instructing a subject to crawl at all.

Is asking someone to crawl with crossed ankles a standard arrest practice in the United States?

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    Hello BWFC and welcome to Skeptics! On this site we focus on debunking/verifying notable claims. This question seems to be about the motivation behind a certain action, which is off-topic I'm afraid. Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 13:37
  • I suspected that this may not be the correct place to ask this question and if you know somewhere better then feel free to move it. I disagree though that I'm asking about motivation. I very specifically ask for a 'tactical reason'. Tactics are developed using, in most cases, testing and experience. For example, the foot crossing technique referenced in the CNN article is explained as causing an additional movement and thus more warning to officers. My question is possibly better phrased as 'why was this tactic developed?' I'll edit to emphasise this.
    – BWFC
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 13:50
  • @BWFC Alternatively, do you have a source that claim the victim was given this order for a specific reason? The help center explains what questions are on topic here. Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 14:18
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    The claim made in the CNN article is that it isn't standard protocol. You could reformulate the question by asking if this is/isn't standard protocol or any protocol, thus making it based on a claim. If it turns out to be true then links to guides probably unveil the reasoning behind. If it is false then you can be safe to assume that there is no reason that could be backed up. Proving it negative would require expert opinion or someone going through training material though.
    – Communisty
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 14:56
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    What makes this a notable claim? You cited the CNN op-ed. Problem is, there's nothing in that article about just crawling, so your question has already diverged from what makes this a notable question. That's why I'm splitting hairs about this. Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 21:57


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