An Arizona-based company recently filed a patent for high-tech futuristic handcuffs that are, in a word, terrifying. In addition to restraining prisoners, the cuffs can also deliver electric shocks and sedatives.
They're still in the patent phase right now, of course, but when they do exist on a full commercial scale, they could work manually at a guard's behest or they could be programmed to automatically activate when someone in cuffs starts to act up or steps outside of certain boundaries. Safety mechanisms could--hopefully will--be set to prevent a guard from doping or shocking prisoners to the point where they suffer from major side effects. Death, for example.
As for the drugs: They could include "an irritant, a medication, a sedative, a transdermal medication or transdermal enhancers such as dimethyl sulfoxide, a chemical restraint, a paralytic, a medication prescribed to the detainee, and combinations thereof."
If the cuffs move past the patent office and into commercial production, it'll be interesting to see what sort of rules and regulations come attached. From patent photos, it looks like the developers might already have a prototype, which means we might be seeing them sooner rather than later. Note to self: Avoid jail.
Sorry, I was under the assumption that these articles concern science and not politics. I labor under the assumption that if "going to jail" is not sufficient to deter one from committing crimes then that person should be in jail. Don't you watch Sci-Fi? Did you not expect that everything will change with technology? Even shackles.
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Considering the amount of abuse tazers have seen in the hands of police, this is a dangerous new device that should be banned now before it even begins.
Ever sit for a while and think hard about an invention you want to patent, ad the harder you think the less likely you are of coming up with something? And then you see an article like this and it's like " duhhh why didn't I think of that!?"
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I don't see the concern here. If a guard wishes to torture or kill a prisoner, they don't need stun cuffs to do that. The risk of abusing prisoners is not any greater with these devices.
If abuse is the issue, then more oversight and accountability is in order. Keeping the Department of Corrections in the stone ages is not the answer.
The up side to this device is that it allow guards to incapacitate a prisoner without a physical confrontation. This makes life a whole lot safer for the guards and may lead to fewer incidents of prisoner abuse (reprisals).
I find it curious that more people seem to identify with the prisoner than the guard.
Test for drugs.
No wait, cuff them.
No wait cuff them and test for drugs.
No wait, their system now has drugs in it.
Release prisoner on account of mix results of drug test.
Better idea. Convert these cuffs into an ankle bracelet. Put them on the candidates running for president. Allow viewers of the presidential debates to vote for which candidate should get an electrical shock. The survivor wins.
Democedes, you need to hit up youtube and also go through the history books and tell me how effective oversight has been...
There are a million videos of cops using tazers in situations that were against policy, yet in almost none of these offenses has anyone been held accountable. You assume these handcuffs will only be used in prisons, and even if they are, oversight and accountability within prisons has been an incredibly hard thing to achieve. Remember, most people don't believe or even want to hear the words of a "criminal." In their mind, those people are less than human.
...and police brutality did not exist before the tazer was invented? The technology is not responsible for abuse or lack of proper training. If there is a corruption problem, address it, if there is a training problem, fix it. But denying the good guards/police the most effective tools to do their jobs safely will not help a corruption/training problem.
You do realize there are also good people that serve as police and prison guards. Right?
They should use the same policy they use when they shoot thier gun, administrative leave with pay while the use is revued. As for the drugs, that's just plane stupid, if the person is restrained with cuffs they can be handled rather easily. It's just too risky that someone may have an alergic or other type of reaction to the drug.
Democedes, don't try to imply something I'm not saying. Sure, there will always be abuse and always has been, but tazers increased the level of abuse 100 fold. This is a tazer with an additional option to be abused. There is no need for this device to exist because officers already have tazers.
Sure, there are good people in some of those positions, but everyday I see those good people stand by and not police the bad people in their ranks. There is a video of a NY cop punching a girl he thought hit him with silly string. He decked her to the ground right in front of 6 other officers and not one of them interfered. They actually assisted him when he put her in handcuffs. Turns out the girl wasn't the one who hit him and the video shows it.
That oversight you speak of requires a small amount of people in elected and appointed positions to cooperate and investigate. Most have shown no interest in doing anything about the abuses, so I'm sorry if I don't believe your plan would work. I'd rather eliminate the devices of torture that violate due process laws, since they were never needed before their invention.
How many deaths are caused by police using tazers? Very few.
How many deaths are caused by police using their sidearm? Many.
Do police sometimes use tazers in situations where they would not use a gun? Yes. However, are more lives saved by using tazers instead of guns, even with the tazers are overutilied? Yes, they are.
Also, tazers not only replace guns, they also replace beating people in the head with billy clubs and nightsticks (something police used to do much more often, sometimes with deadly results).
Obey the laws and treat LE with respect and they will respond with kindness. I've never had an unpleasant interaction with LE, because LE works to make my world safer.
If putting you in electro cuffs keeps my LE safe, criminals off the street, and more tax dollars in my pocket - then I am all for them.
Actually, and electro ankle braclet makes a lot of sense for prisons. 24/7 monitering, remote tazing, and auto-shock and alarm zones. Imagine a prison riot where with a button push the entire inmate population hits the floor twitching - beautiful.
How deaths have occurred from handcuffed suspects or inmates? Very few.
Ever heard of the Constitution of the Unites States?
It has this one part about Due Process. Do you know what Due Process is?
There is a very clear reason for Due Process. Its so no one party of our justice system gets to be judge, jury, and executioner.
Gwinnett County, Georgia 2010, officers used their tazers 17,000 times. 17,000! That's one county! I don't recall hearing about 17,000 nightstick and billy club incidents prior to tazers, do you? You can bury your head in the sand and pretend you are on the righteous side of this, but remember, this is happening to people who haven't even stood trial for a crime yet. Ever heard of innocent before proven guilty?
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@ Robot Your statement is flawed because these drugs obviously would not be addictive or used in excessive amounts. They are meant to tranquilize criminal so no one is hurt. I do not know what types of drug problems you have or how much pleasure you get from handcuffing yourself in public places........
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"I don't recall hearing about 17,000 nightstick and billy club incidents prior to tazers, do you?"
No. Do you know why? Because it wasn't a big deal to use a billy club. You personally do not ever hear about when someone is restrained with the force of a billy club unless you see it. It is not EVER reported on. When resorting to the use of a billy club, the officer already believes the suspect is a danger in need of physical restraint and will beat him until he stops resisting. If he didn't, the officer could be killed. Use of the billy club could just as easily result in the death of the suspect.
People make a big deal about the use of Tazers when they are SAFER than the alternatives that are used in the exact same circumstances. People like you, phoenixamaranth, are out of touch with the reality of law enforcement. Tazers are used only because of the high degree of safety inherent in the system.
What happens when one person to his demising surprise dies from an allergic reaction from these cuffs?
I think it's safe to say the military will be all over this as well.