LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With 49 people killed last year were shocked by Tasers, police departments in the United States is trying to be a “Spider-Man”-like device that fires a chain that is cross-linked and more difficult for the accused person.
Referred to as Bolawrap, the device will shoot an eight-foot (2.4 meters), bola-style necklace with a defendant as to entangle the legs and prevent him from running away. It works up to a distance of 10-25 feet (3-7.6 m).
“Whether it’s a Taser, pepper spray, baton, there is the conflict created by the court, the court may require that a higher level of force to be used at the right time,” said Tom Smith, chairman of the Apps Industry, which produces the Bolawrap device.
“This tool fits perfectly into the gap, allowing the government officials to the need to use a high level of force, up to the end of that conversation, very early in the morning, quite safe,” he said.
Smith, who founded TASER International, which is now still there to give the Undertakings made to the Taser with his brother, before leaving to join the Wrap Technology. He told me that he saw the success of the Taser as a proof of it, there was a hunger for a more non-lethal tools for police work.
The Bolawrap, it is a little bit bigger than a mobile phone and is designed to be easy to be a police unit. The synthetic fiber of the tether leaves the unit at about 640 feet (200 meters) per second, And that is… you won’t see it,” Smith said.
He told me that he has shown the device to dozens of police departments across the United States, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Reuters has documented a total of at least 1,081, AMERICAN deaths after the use of police Tasers, almost all of it, because the guns entered widespread use in the early 2000s, including 49 in the end of 2018. In many of these cases, the Taser was accompanied by some other force, such as hand strikes, pepper spray, or disability.
In the city of Bell, Calif., to the south-east of Los Angeles, chief of police, Carlos, Islas said he tried the device on its own.
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“I’ve got to get to work, and took the opportunity to get it wrapped around myself, and the reason for that is that I was doing that, and it’s important for me to understand what a person is going to be packaged in well-being, and for me, it’s very small.
“I mean, there wasn’t any pain,” he said.
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Reporting Younis, Omar; writing by Bill Tarrant; Editing by Dan Grebler