Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Boys With Toys: Now a New and Improved TASER, The ShotGun, Say What . . .?
Polk County Sheriff's Office is one of only about two dozen law enforcement agencies in Florida using the powerful new TASER Extended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP). It's fired from a 12 gauge shotgun from up to a 100 feet away. It's 14 grams, has wing like fins that spread open as it takes flight. It has painful probes and pins that stick into your body. It packs all the powerful punch and stopping power of a stun gun and is enclosed in a 12 gauge shotgun shell and when it hits you it locks up your muscles.
John Angleton is the taser coordinator for the sheriff's office and says, 'It's the most excruciating pain imaginable. It locks everything up. For one you cannot move. You can breathe because you're screaming at the top of your lungs.' [ed. Can't you just hear the glee? Imagine how much fun they'll have firing this Baby!]
The TASER XREP keeps a suspect down for 20 seconds [ed. if not foreever] instead of 5 seconds which is how long the traditional taser keeps a suspect down. The traditional taser also has to be fired from a closer range within 21 feet. While TASER XREP rounds cost a hundred dollars each SWAT team members say they're worth the price because they save lives. [ed. You betcha!]