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Use of Less-Lethal Projectiles by Portland Police Restricted by Judge

The case stemmed from a suit filed by Don’t Shoot Portland, a black-led nonprofit that advocates for social and racial justice in the city. The nonprofit’s lawyers had sought more drastic sanctions, including a ban on impact munitions and for the Police Bureau to permanently remove officers from protest duty if they violate the court order, with fines issued for future violations.

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Judge Holds Seattle Police in Contempt Over Use of Less-Lethal Weapons at Protests

The Monday ruling by Judge Richard Jones of the Western District of Washington in Seattle said the department had failed to prove that its use of pepper spray, Pepperballs, blast balls and paint balls during four 2020 protests was warranted.

Philadelphia Plans to Equip Mores Officers with TASERs

If legislators approve of the contract and it is in place in December, the city could receive all the TASERs by the end of the year, Dunn said. The department could begin distributing TASERs to officers in early 2021 after they receive training.

CA Governor Reviewing Recommendations for Changing Police Protest Response

The advisors recommended that police not wear military-style helmets or use armored vehicles during protests to minimize a “militaristic presence.”

Judge Temporarily Bans Use of Less-Lethal Tools by Detroit Police on "Peaceful Protesters"

Police Chief James Craig responded to the order by U.S. District Judge Laurie J. Michelson by saying his officers only have used force when protesters weren't peaceful and that the ruling won't change how the department handles demonstrations.

FN 303 Launcher

With its high-capacity 15-round magazine plus five projectile options, the less lethal FN 303 Launcher delivers safety for communities and officers alike.

Looking Back: Less-Lethal, Qualification Courses, and Earthquakes

In past March issues, POLICE has covered less-lethal solutions, firearms training, and response to the 1989 San Francisco Bay Area earthquake. Here's a look at the pages of POLICE 10, 20, and 30 years ago.

Using Electronic Control Weapons

Your agency's policy needs to specify in what situations ECWs can be used and the responsibilities of officers for gathering evidence after use.

Inmate Files Red Flag Petition Against Deputies at Colorado Jail

Deputies “carry shotguns inside the jail intimidating and excessively abusing inmates with these shotguns,” the inmate wrote in the complaint. “These deputys (sic) carry these deadly weapons 24 hours a day patrolling the floors of this jail intimidating and threatening people for the most minor things.”

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G.L.O.V.E. Generated Low Output Voltage Emitter

The G.L.O.V.E. (Generated Low Output Voltage Emitter) from Compliant Technologies is worn as a glove and quickly transforms into a conducted electrical weapon (CEW) to be used within the force continuum.