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Less-Lethal Force

Q&A with The Futurist, Axon's Rick Smith

Axon CEO Rick Smith is known for thinking and speaking about the next generation of technology. Now he is predicting that less-lethal weapons can almost eliminate fatal officer-involved shootings by 2030.

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A 2030 Vision

Can less-lethal weapons advance to the point that police can use them instead of deadly force? Axon's Rick Smith believes they can.

French Police Clash With Bastille Day Rioters

French police were forced to deploy tear gas to disperse rioters from Paris's Champs Elysees on Sunday following the traditional Bastille Day military parade commemorating the 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris during the French Revolution.

(Video) TASER Tactics and Training

LAPD Captain Greg Meyer (ret.) discusses some of the mistakes that officers make when attempting to deploy a TASER, and how tactics and training can help fix those mistakes.

Former Michigan Trooper Convicted of Manslaughter for Using TASER on Teen Riding ATV

Mark Bessner fired the less-lethal weapon from the passenger seat of a patrol car while he and his partner chased 15-year-old Damon Grimes in August 2017.

Less-Lethal: The Guinea Pigs

A team of Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies tests less-lethal weapons and restraints, even letting themselves become the targets so that they can determine effectiveness.

Security Devices International Launches Byrna New E-Commerce Store

Security Devices International Inc., has commenced commercialization of the Byrna HD non-lethal personal security device beginning with the launch of its new E-commerce store and concurrent with the first preorders being accepted in the United States.

Judge Approves Order for Major Reforms at Chicago Police Department

The consent decree requires officers to document each time they draw their weapons—even if they don't actually fire—and tightens instances in which officers may deploy TASERs. It also requires the department to publish use-of-force data on a monthly basis.

Violent Subject Deploys Officer's TASER on Officer During Struggle

Officers with the Smyrna (GA) Police Department were engaged in a violent struggle with a dangerous subject when the man gained control of one of the officer's TASER and deployed it on one of the officers.

Minnesota Department Testing "BolaWrap" Restraint Device

The Chaska (MN) Police Department is the first in the state to test the new "BolaWrap" restraint device, which fires a length of Kevlar cord at a rate of 640 feet per second which then wraps around a resistive subject, immobilizing them so responding officers can safely approach and make an arrest.