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Less-Lethal Force

FN Announces New Model of 303 Less Lethal Launcher

With the new, modular chassis system in the FN 303 Tactical, operators and armorers can quickly customize the buttstock, grip, and sighting systems. The included FN SCAR buttstock is adjustable for length of pull, cheek rise, and foldability, enhancing the ergonomics and sight alignment for patrol and civil disturbance unit officers.

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Charleston, WV, Police Chief Announce Plans for Deescalation, More Less-Lethal Tools

“Tasers we have are the very first and second model issued. That would be taser two. They now have Taser seven which is a much more effective technology and is much more accurate,” Chief Tyke Hunt explained.

Judge Restricts LAPD Use of Less-Lethal Launchers During Demonstrations

In her order granting Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles's request for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall noted an increase in reports of LAPD officers pushing, striking and firing less-lethal weapons on crowds of protesters, including media covering demonstrations, without a dispersal order being given.

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.

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.

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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.

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