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Video: Illinois Police Test New Device that Ensnares Resistive Subject

August 14, 2018  | 

VIDEO: Illinois Police Test New Less Lethal Device that Ensnares Resistive Subject

Police officers in Illinois are testing a new restraint weapon designed to fire an 8-foot Kevlar tether — at a range of up to 25 feet — that then ensnares resistive subjects in a high-tech lasso, according to Fox News.

When the device is activated, a 9mm blank propels the rope from the cartridge.

The new handheld device — known as the BolaWrap — costs $800 and each tether cartridge costs $30. It's just gone into production and is being used by a couple of law enforcement agencies in California.

The Las Vegas-based company says it's device is designed to restrain people who are unruly or uncooperative without having to resort to deadly force.

Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Police Chief Steve Casstevens told POLICE Magazine, "It may look like something from Spiderman but I find it very intriguing. I can really see situations where officers would find this as a great tool in their toolbox."

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kevcopaz @ 8/14/2018 4:07 PM

OMG! seriously? like the 1/10th of 1% of the time that we might be able to use this. I can see it failing unless the suspect has both arms down to their side and standing still. Otherwise the "bolo" will not restrain them and in fact may cause harm to them, falling while running (head and body injury), "knock an eye out" (lol) or miss and hit an innocent cop or citizen. Hell we Taser people, they fall and go "boom" and get a "boo-boo" and we get sued now! We pepper spray them and they fall or their eyes "burn" and we get sued. This will be one more "tool" that ambulance chasing lawyers will use against us. PLEASE...... intent correct but application will be a joke and an exercise in futility. Seriously, try again folks.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/14/2018 6:48 PM

I agree with kevcopaz completely. This is a bad idea with good intentions. But good intentions do not keep you out of court with lawsuits.

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