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Invisible beam to break up prison fights

By T.K. Randall
February 13, 2011 · Comment icon 21 comments



Image Credit: publik15 @ flickr
A new device that can fire a harmless laser-like beam could be rolled out in prisons to break up fights.
The Assault Intervention Device works by firing an energy beam that penetrates the skin just enough to cause pain but does no damage to the nerves or surrounding tissue, it is currently being prepared for a trial run.
Prison guards could soon stop fights with a harmless tool that shoots a laser-like beam, video game-style, down into a room where trouble is brewing.


Source: Discovery News | Comments (21)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by SpiderCyde 12 years ago
It would be kind of funny if one prisoner used another as a pain shield for an invisible laser gun, I could see some serious hijinx there. LOL!
Comment icon #13 Posted by OverSword 12 years ago
These will be mounted on federal buildings to get rid of protesting crowds. I guarantee it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
Why not implant each prisoner and target the one it's suppose to stop.. wait it was done in Fortress and Connor Macleod found a way out anyway..
Comment icon #15 Posted by aquatus1 12 years ago
These will be mounted on federal buildings to get rid of protesting crowds. I guarantee it. That a big problem where you're from, the weekly protests at the nearest available federal building?
Comment icon #16 Posted by StarChild 83 12 years ago
nice.
Comment icon #17 Posted by sam12six 12 years ago
You see in the video the way everybody gets a kick out of watching the guys jump when the beam hits them? I've known many cops and they love messing with prisoners (turning off the phone while they're talking, that sort of thing). I can see a device like this becoming the station entertainment with a cluster of cops standing around cracking up while one guy zaps prisoner after prisoner. At least with the rubber bullets, you can't shoot them for kicks because sooner or later somebody says, "Why the hell do you guys keep running out of rubber bullets?".
Comment icon #18 Posted by JCon 12 years ago
Waste of money... they should just get those exploding collars into play...
Comment icon #19 Posted by Javril 12 years ago
Rubber and Bean Bag rounds do have an inherent risk to their use. During a training seminar I was given the opportunity to fire a shotgun loaded with bean bag rounds at a ballistics gel torso. The round penetrated 1 1/2 inches at 20 ft, you get that in the neck and you die. With this there is no injury from the weapon, just secondary injuries from falling.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Framling 12 years ago
It seems to me like they need to stick with the $.30cent rubber bullets and quit wasting tax payers money on Multi-million dollar TOY's! A little ridiculous , don't you think? Yup. Even if deployed at privately ran prisons the taxpayer eventually picks up the tab for this frivolous crap. I suspect its more for experimentation, developing military and crowd control tactics. No matter what they say I do not believe for a second its creating all that pain without doing at least some physical damage.
Comment icon #21 Posted by torf 12 years ago
The implications of this type of weaponry are rather disturbing, I think. Although probably not mounted on federal buildings, the potential for use and abuse by law enforcement and the government are obvious.


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