Softer flashlights for LA cops
The Los Angeles Police Department is adopting new, lightweight flashlights that can't be effectively used to beat people. What's next, Nerf billy clubs?
LOS ANGELES police have unveiled their latest tool in the fight against crime - a flashlight powerful enough to stun suspects but too lightweight to beat them with.
The new flashlight, developed specifically for the Los Angeles Police Department and expected to be acquired by police forces around the world, replaces the heavy 13-inch (33-cm) metal flashlights controversially used by city officers to strike a car theft suspect three years ago.
LOS ANGELES, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Pelican(TM) Products' CEO Lyndon Faulkner joined LAPD Police Chief William Bratton and uniformed officers at the Department's Parker Center headquarters today to announce the delivery of 10,000 new Pelican 7060 LED flashlights -- the first in the nation -- to the LAPD. Unveiling the 7060, which will replace the existing flashlight previously supplied to officers by the Department, Chief Bratton commended Pelican, saying "Pelican's 7060 flashlight will give our officers the upper hand in fighting crime."