Police used the Grappler Police Bumper to end a car chase in Phoenix, Arizona, according to a report from a local Fox News affiliate.
According to a recordings from the report posted on Twitter.
The Grappler Police Bumper came out in 2016 and is seen as a safer way to end police pursuits. Attaches to the front bumper of a police car, it casts a net on one of the tires of the car being pursued. Once in the trap, the wheels are locked, forcing the vehicle to stop.
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The police car and the target are still linked by a lanyard. So, as shown in the video, the target vehicle cannot drive away after both vehicles stop. The company behind the Grappler Police Bumper says police motorists can release the tether at any time.
This method is designed to end police chases in a way that is less violent than standard precision immobilization (PIT) maneuvers, which can result in large wrecks and dangerous maneuvers. more ferocious jutsu used by the police in the old days.
However, we can imagine some situations where fastening the vehicle’s tether and locking its rear wheels could cause the fleeing subject to lose control. Tying two cars together also seems problematic, especially since one driver doesn’t know what the other is going to do. But in this chase, at least, the Grappler Police Bumper seems to have worked as designed.