(KSDK) Ferguson, Missouri police officers are testing a new device that makes their service weapons “less lethal” in an effort to preserve life in potential police shootings. As far city leaders know, Ferguson could become the first department in the country to use the devices developed by Alternative Ballistics.
“It’s literally a steel ball that’s porcelain coated,” describes Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.
It is a one-time-use device officer would have to attach to their weapons before firing. A regular bullet is then absorbed in a spherical “alloy projectile” which then becomes one projectile with the bullet that the manufacturer says will “send a shockwave of pain through the suspect without the internal damage that a penetrating bullet would cause.”
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