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"Not-So-Lethal Weapons: Items from the police catalogue,
coming soon to a precinct near you."
Cops "have the same basic options when confronting a
Rodney King," said David Boyd of the National Institute
of Justice. "They can talk him into cooperating, beat
him into submission or shoot him. If they had an
alternative to a conventional firearm, they would
probably buy it, chortle and club him harder."
Law engorgement is emerging as a virtually untapped
arena for high-tech tomfoolery. Out-of-work federal
laboratories are cooking up new Trekkie weapons. N.I.J.,
the research honeypot of the US DoJ, has become a sort of
Home Shopping Network for LEA's, taking their porky arms
dreams to the desperado labs dreaming de Guerra Frio.
The result: a host of goofy not-at-all-cheap Edsels
and wipesnots: Sticky Foam (SNL); Rear-Seat Air Bag
Millimeter Wave Camera (LLNL); Smart Gun (SNL); Magic
Fingerprinting Wand (Alaska State Crime Lab); Snare Net
(Foster-Miller); Strobe Goggles (LLNL); Backscatter X-