Police used the Grappler Police Bumper to finish a automotive chase in Phoenix, Arizona, in accordance with a report from a neighborhood Fox Information affiliate.
Three unmarked vehicles pursued a goal car, with one utilizing the Grappler to cease the perp, in accordance with a video clip from the report posted on Twitter.
The Grappler Police Bumper appeared in 2016 and has been pitched as a safer approach to finish police chases. Mounted to the entrance bumper of a police car, it deploys a internet that ensnares one of many tires of the car being pursued. As soon as caught within the snare, the wheel locks up, forcing the car to cease.
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The police car and the goal stay linked by a tether. So, as proven within the video, the goal car cannot drive away after each autos cease. The driving force of the police car can launch the tether at any time, the corporate behind the Grappler Police Bumper has mentioned.
This methodology is designed to finish police chases in a less-violent means than the usual precision immobilization method (PIT) maneuver, which might result in large wrecks, and the extra aggressive methods utilized by police within the outdated days.
Nonetheless, we are able to think about some conditions the place ensnaring a car with a tether and locking up its rear wheels may trigger the fleeing topic to lose management. Having two autos tethered collectively additionally looks like it could possibly be problematic, particularly as a result of one driver would not know what the opposite will do. However on this chase, a minimum of, the Grappler Police Bumper seems to have labored as designed.