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CA – LE – Are Electric Bullets the New Face of Law Enforcement Reform? (VIDEO)

Welcome to 2020’s detour into dystopia.The protests that began in May in response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers at times descended into pandemonium, chaos, rioting and looting: Dozens dead. Tens of thousands arrested. Tens of millions protesting in the streets. Billions of dollars in property damage. Hundreds of law enforcement personnel were injured. To effectively meet this evolving and dangerous threat environment, tactics and tools must adapt as well. For residents, it’s simpler—flee. “Riots…are driving another exodus from big cities,” headlined the Wall Street Journal. Law enforcement adaptation, however, must involve new tools that allow officers more options for safer deescalation. ShoX, a human electro muscular incapacitation (HEMI) projectile from the pioneering public safety company x.labs, a Multiple Award Winner in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, recently nominated in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Program, aims to bridge the gap between less lethal tools such as nightsticks, tasers or bean bags and lethal weaponry. Current less lethal solutions generally require close proximity to a suspect or assailant, and often prove ineffective at complete temporary incapacitation, compromising law enforcement’s ability to control a violent situation without escalation to lethal force. ShoX offers a superior range of up to 100 feet, can incapacitate a target for a minimum of thirty seconds, can penetrate light materials and attach to the human body with a dual barbed probe system. Unlike a taser, ShoX is a non-tethered electro-shock round capable of being fired from conventional less lethal weapons including Pepperball launchers. “The goal was to develop a less lethal projectile useful not just for civilian law enforcement, but also the private security industry and the Federal Government,” explains Todd Dunphy, COO of x.labs. “In particular, we see great compatibility for ShoX with the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of State (DoS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).” When fired, ShoX operates at 260 pulses per second over a 30 second period at a pulse duration of 100 microseconds to deliver an average current of 5 milliamps.  [full article]

 

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