LAPD investing in new non-lethal tool to subdue belligerent suspects: ‘foam batons’ fired from launchers

After seeing cases in which bean-bag shotguns and stun-guns failed to end confrontations with belligerent suspects, Los Angeles police leaders have begun to invest in a new non-lethal tool that has more firepower and which they believe will be more effective.

Last year, the Los Angeles Police Department bought hundreds of launchers that shoot small “foam batons” after a trial period during which patrol officers tested them.

In July, Chief Michel Moore publicly touted the launchers,...

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