Less-lethal Police Weapons

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Chad Zrate, of Fitchburg, Mass., an engineering manager at Micron Products, Inc., prepares to demonstrate a launcher that fires a 40mm Blunt Impact Projectile, or PIB, at the manufacturing plant in Fitchburg. The projectiles utilize new technology developed by the company to provide law enforcement with less-lethal ammunition engineered to cushion and displace the force of impact, designed to cause pain and discomfort but not serious injury. The technology is part of a push to find ways for law enforcement to be able to use force with non-deadly means. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

They are called “blunt impact projectiles” and the goal is to cause excruciating pain without killing. Police in more than 20 cities are testing it as a less-lethal alternative. With stun guns, tasers, and pepper spray causing deaths, Micron Products Inc., makes the new ammunition. It’s larger than rubber bullets, and has silicone heads that expand and flatten on impact, enhancing pain and incapacitating the person “shot.”

Sixteen law enforcement agencies in the United States, and six in Canada, have purchased the projectiles. They include SWAT units of Los Angeles County, the Sacramento California County Sheriff’s Department, and police departments in East Hartford, CT, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Los Alamos, NM.

Allen Ezer hired Micron to make the projectiles, which were developed by a ballistics engineering company in Israel. Ezer is executive vice president of Security Devices International, a defense technology company.

The projectiles do not penetrate the skin. Officers are trained to

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Salvatore Emma Jr., president and CEO of Micron Products, displays Blunt Impact Projectiles, one ready for use, left, and another after being fired during a test at the factory in Fitchburg, Mass. The projectiles utilize new technology developed by the company to provide law enforcement with less-lethal ammunition engineered to cushion and displace the force of impact, designed to cause pain and discomfort but not serious injury. The technology is part of a push to find ways for law enforcement to be able to use force with non-deadly means. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

shoot the projectiles at arms and legs. A person hit in the torso at close range in Canada suffered a large bruise but no lasting injury. No one has been shot in the head with the projectiles but the company acknowledges that doing so at close range could result in a deadly injury.

While it could subdue a suspect from a distance, it is not designed to be useful in sudden situations because it cannot be carried on the officers’ belt.

Other companies are jumping on the bandwagon. Bruzer Less Lethal International in Elkhart, Indiana, has made a 12-gauge, two-shot launcher pistol that can fire beanbags, pepper spray and gas pellets. Alternative Ballistics just outside of San Diego, CA, makes a gun attachment that slows down bullets, maintaining enough force to knock someone down but reducing the potential for death.

Brock Satter, of the Boston-based Mass Action Against Police Brutality, is critical of these less-lethal alternatives, stating;

“I’m for less militarization of the police, but the main problem and the main deterrent for these different incidents of police violence is holding the police accountable. I don’t think most of these situations are accidents. These are incidents of abuse of power and racism. To me, that’s not a problem you can solve just by using a different weapon.”

More on this at Yahoo News.

Posted on 08/26/2015, in Potpourri and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

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  1. crustyolemothman

    While I suppose we should be elated that such weapons are being developed, IMO it would be much better to hear that they are working as diligently to find a way to eliminate the need for such weapons. The old adage that crime does not pay is not true when one considers who profits from the “justice industry”, and it is not the common citizens of this nation….

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    “While it could subdue a suspect from a distance, it is not designed to be useful in sudden situations because it cannot be carried on the officers’ belt.”

    After watching the indiscriminate, often uncalled for use of rubber bullets in Ferguson toward peaceful protesters because the LE officers knew rubber bullets would not kill, my concern is that these new “non-lethal” but extremely painful weapons will be used the same way.

    Here is a photo of the wound from a rubber bullet on the abdomen of a peaceful woman-pastor who was in the Ferguson protesting crowd:

    I am aware of many cases involving innocent people when tasers, pepper spray, and rubber bullets should never have been used. I feel that there has been uncalled-for, liberal use of such non-lethal weapons by police because the police know that they are not deadly.

    These new weapons, in my mind, will cause dangerous bruising and internal bleeding. In the past, I remember people, when talking about car accidents, used to say that bruising was much more serious than many cuts. I think that these new weapons could cause serious, life-threatening blood clots to the extremities and very serious damage to body organs (especially the heart) if the projectiles ever hit those areas.

    These “blunt impact projectiles,” in my opinion, should only be used in war situations by the military or perhaps by well-trained domestic Swat teams in legitimate situations where a suspect who is a real threat can be subdued without being killed.

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    Here is a one minute Youtube video discussing these “blunt impact projectiles” :

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    • Did this guy open with “….to address the sweet spot between what a lethal product will do and say pepper spay or tazers.”

      Is this for real ???????

      I can see the Infomercial now…….

      “And now, for a limited time only, here is a truly lethal product, from the makers of “Kill ’em all,” “Mow ’em Down” and “I’m not scared” Yes sir, we have a limited number in stock so don’t delay…………get ’em today”

      “And remember folks it’s guaranteednottorust.bust,collectdust,rip,tear,showanywear”

      A projectile that large has 0 % of being accurate from 30 feet and out so expect people to die an ugly death from this. This is 40 mm id diameter.

      It’s the same diameter as this…………………..

      This is an Anti Aircraft Cannon. You mean to tell me the cops need something 40 mm in diameter to shoot at someone they admit won’t be close enough to be a threat ??

      Only in America………….

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  4. There are already effective alternatives which some police do not use. I remember Darren Wilson admitting in court that he did not carry a Taser as it was too cumbersome to fit in his belt. This is not a real solution.

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  5. Two sides to a story

    Of course, catch one of these things in the neck, skull, or eye, and it’s likely to kill you or render you permanently damaged, WTF.

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    • Two sides to a story

      PS – I was kettled in a small crowd at the end of the big January 2013 Kelly Thomas protest in Fullerton, CAas I was trying to cross the street to leave, ironically. Besides bringing in their big armored vehicles and lines of cops, they also had some big-azz projectile guns like these. Of course, they knew damn well we were all armed with protest signs, chalk, and water bottles, LOL, but I guess they had to practice on us. : /

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  6. Until some kid gets in the way of the projectile and it kills him… it look lethal to me. What about a guy with pacer? These things need to be considered too!

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  7. This does not look good.

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  8. yes, it is only a matter of time.. This is disgusting, to find ways to cause us excruciating pain for the sole purpose of controlling us ‘better’.

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    • Mindyme,
      You expressed that very well. I’m conflicted, wanting an alternative to killing. Yet, the deliberate “excruciating pain” alternative is not acceptable.

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