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Ferguson Police Look into Non-Lethal Submission Technology

June 14, 2018 - 7:52 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In the continuing effort to find non-lethal ways to subdue a suspect, local police chiefs will get a look this morning at a new device called a BolaWrap.

Ferguson Chief Delrish Moss will be hosting the demonstration for the device, which shoots a wire that wraps around a subject's legs or arms. Moss says if he decides to buy some, they probably wouldn't be given to all his officers.

"This will be used more for CIT calls, those special cases where the person is in some sort of mental distress. We have officers who are specially trained to respond to those calls, so this might be a tool for them," he says.

Delrish Moss tells KMOX it was recommended to him by a former police chief friend.

“I’m still a little bit skeptical, but one of the things that he assured me was that there’s some good technology, so I’ve invited every police chief to come and have a look. They’re going to do a demonstration here at the Ferguson police department, and if it’s good technology then we’ll talk about it, and if it’s not, it’s not,” he says.  

Moss says he'll also be checking out Ring Technology, which allows residents to send the police surveillance video through their smartphone.