Is handcuffing by police a mandatory or optional procedure? Does it depend on the state you are in or who you are or perhaps the circumstances? I’m asking because this article makes clear is the first instance I have ever come across where it wasn’t enforced.
I look forward to your feedback.
“Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was arrested Thursday morning along with his wife, Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto in a bribery and kickback scheme.
Mangano and his wife walked out of his Bethpage home without handcuffs just before 7 a.m. and got into waiting vehicles, WABC reported.”
Police officers are human and can use their judgement. If it is obvious a person arrested is not going to cause any trouble (old lady, small child, etc.), then they can elect to not handcuff them - even if it is a requirement. They are people and people don’t always follow rules to a “T”.