LA police to use ‘Batman-style’ device that wraps around bodies

Two hundred police officers in Los Angeles are to be trained to use a new device similar to one on Batman’s utility belt.

The gadget, known as the BolaWrap 100, fires a kevlar cord from up to 25ft (seven metres) away that wraps around a person’s arms or legs to ensnare them.

The tool is designed to restrict their movements without using force, such as a Taser or gun.

Barbs attached to the end of the tether grab hold of the person, but civil rights activists have expressed concerns about its potential usage.

Demonstration of BolaWrap device

Under a trial beginning in January, three devices will be carried by officers on the streets of LA.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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