Ferguson Police Now Testing ‘Less Lethal’ Weapons

The Ferguson police department has been in the spotlight for several months now, after the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests (both following his death and the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting him). There’s been a lot of pressure for the Ferguson PD to reform and attempt better policing, and this week they’re testing out one aspect of that.

The Ferguson police will be testing a “less lethal” gun attachment this week provided by Alternative Ballistics. The concept is that when officers fire their guns, the bullet embeds itself in an “alloy projectile” that will “send a shockwave of pain through the suspect without the internal damage that a penetrating bullet would cause.”

Five officers will test the attachment at a gun range this week, and then the entire Ferguson PD will decide whether to use it or not.

Mayor James Knowles explained, “It gives you just one more opportunity to neutralize the subject without killing him. But we also can’t guarantee that they wouldn’t be killed.”

Watch KSDK’s report below:

[h/t NBC News]
[image via @BmoreConetta]

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