Cops Are Armed With Nunchucks to Offset ‘Aggressive’ Image

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Anderson Police Trade Batons For Nunchucks As Nonlethal Weapon Of Choice.

Cops in a northern California town are to be equipped with nunchucks — the weapon mastered by Bruce Lee — in order to “more compassionately gain compliance” from suspects. But the new nunchucks are made of a hard plastic connected by a nylon cord, and are designed to wrap around wrists and ankles to easily detain unruly suspects.The police department was looking for a versatile tool that would limit injuries to officers and the people they detained – but that would still be an effective means of subduing an unruly suspect. Day is now certified to train the department’s officers on the proper use of the nunchuks, who must pass a 16-hour training program before they are certified to use them.

Its force has 20 police officers, according to the Los Angeles Times. “In an era where the general public is extremely sensitive to police techniques and use of force issues, [nunchucks offer] another force option that may offset some of the more aggressive perceptions the public has about police intervention,” Johnson added. Kevin Orcutt, who personally developed them. “When I got into law enforcement training, the idea came to me to use the tool for police purposes for control tactics,” he said in a promotional video. Nunchucks were previously popular with police community in the 1980s, but law enforcement agencies stopped using them when officers were accused of improper use, resulting in accusations of victims suffering broken wrists.

On the website of the nunchakus’ manufacturer, Orcutt Police Defensive Systems Inc., the restraint technique shows a male officer using the nunchakus to grip the ankle of a man who is kicking his foot toward the officer’s face. In the movies, including some of Lee’s, the occasional bad guy who gets the bright idea of trying to use it himself usually whacks himself in the face.

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