EMMA LUCAS DARBY CPRB Board Chair

EMMA LUCAS DARBY
CPRB Board Chair

Police can usually rely on Tasers, pepper spray, or batons to subdue a suspect before resorting to gunfire.

But on Jan. 31, Bruce Kelley Jr. demonstrated the limits of those technologies after multiple attempts to bring him down using all three failed. The end result: Port Authority police officers fired 12 shots at Kelley after he fatally stabbed the police dog they’d set on him.

During a special Feb. 22 meeting, The Pittsburgh’s Citizen Police Review Board Executive Director Elizabeth Pittinger presented to the board examples of other less-than-lethal tools that police can deploy to apprehend suspects. These too have their limitations.

SHELDON WILLIAMS CPRB Board Member

SHELDON WILLIAMS
CPRB Board Member

One, a net-gun, which as the name suggests, fires a net with perimeter weights to entangle fleeing subjects, was mentioned as an option by Pittinger after Black Political Empowerment Project Chair Tim Stevens asked why the nine officers who eventually joined the pursuit of Kelley couldn’t have just thrown a net over him.

Police can usually rely on Tasers, pepper spray, or batons to subdue a suspect before resorting to gunfire.

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