When it comes to cops in Northern California, we know that martial arts legend Bruce Lee would be proud: Calif. police department will use nunchucks. The Anderson Police Department is now training 20 police officers into the art of handling the non-lethal weapons.
The weapons were popularized in the Western world by Bruce Lee who used them to neutralize the bad guys in his movies. The police department has been looking for an alternative to guns and teasers, which can prevent needless injuries and deaths in both cops and suspects.
The Northern California police department concluded that nunchucks are the most versatile weapons when officers try to subdue suspects.
“It gives us the ability to control a suspect instead of striking them,”
Sgt. Casey Day of the Anderson Police Department recently told reporters.
But every Bruce Lee fan knows that their hero didn’t use the weapons to pacify his foes. He bluntly used them to beat them up. Still, the California cops say that they have techniques to restrain suspects in a peaceful way.
The police department will be supplied with nunchucks manufactured by the Orcutt Police Defensive Systems Inc. On the company’s site, several short videos give us some real-life examples of the art of using the nunchucks.
There we can see a police officer grabbing a suspect’s ankle with the martial art weapon one second after the suspect tried to hit the officer with his foot in the face. There is even a female officer that immobilized a fleeing suspect by grabbing his wrist.
A nunchuck or ‘nunchaku’ is a martial arts prop or weapon made of two sticks connected through a metal chain or rope. But the nunchucks that will be used by the Anderson Police Department were designed by Sgt. Kevin Orcutt more than two decades ago. These weapons are tethered together by a nylon cord, which makes them more flexible and easier to wrap around suspects’ ankles and wrists.
Yet, handling the non-lethal weapons is no child’s play. As some of us have seen in Bruce Lee flicks, whenever bad guys tried to use the nunchucks themselves they ended up whacked in the face.
Yet, police officers will be trained by Sgt. Day before using the nunchucks in the street. However, they won’t ditch their batons in the process and the new weapons would not be compulsory to all officers. But if they do plan to use them, they need to participate in at least 16 hours of training.
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