Law enforcement seems to get more brazen at every turn. Now that an Arizona-based company has sought to patent their electrocuting or drug-administering handcuffs, we have to wonder how long it will be before police are using them and after that, what’s next?
Scottsdale Inventions has created the technology that will allow police or federal agents to shock people into submission. While the design is outlined in handcuffs, they say it could be applied elsewhere as well. And even more troubling, their device would allow the administration of sedative drugs.
According to their patent application, the device is a “system for restraining detainees through devices attached to the detainees and configured to administer electrical shocks when certain predetermined conditions occur.”
Those “predetermined conditions” could be when the detainee moves outside a preset perimeter, ie too far away from supervision or their house arrest location. They could also be set to go off when a detainee becomes physically resistant, recognizing the jostling associated with a fight.
The company assures those who may be frightened at the potentials of this device, that safety mechanisms will be built-in. This will prevent the detainee from “receiving too much current too quickly”. It may even have sensors that will evaluate just how much current a particular person can bear without it being potentially fatal, alerting officials if the detainee has a heart condition, for instance.
As if that isn’t enough, the device would include a “drug delivery system,” that could deliver sedatives, irritants (like pepper spray), or chemical restraints. In this way, if the shocking doesn’t work, the cops could just drug the suspect.
One might wonder what would propel a company to make a device like this. Like all business ventures, the makers saw a potential market. Anyone with their eyes on police-related news would recognize the growing militarization of our cops, and they would see that things are getting more and more extreme. Why not, then, take a risk on developing a device that this increasingly frightening police world might one day want?
Police already have handcuffs; they already have tasers; and, they are working to make it possible to take blood draws from unwilling suspects. So, how far of a reach is it to combine a tool that would serve all functions?
Hopefully we are a long ways from police using something like this. But, the fact that the patent application has been filed shows that it may be coming.
If you are arrested by the police for a serious crime, there’s a chance you will be shocked into submission. Even the act of handcuffing can seem forceful and even violent. When you are charged with an offense, you need someone on your side at every juncture. Contact our offices today to discuss how we might be able to help.