02/04/2004

Less lethal weapons still pack a big punch; But require lots of extra training

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

They are neon orange, shoot beanbags and look like toys, but the newest Remington shotguns some Seattle cops now wield are the latest tools in the city''s arsenal of less lethal weapons.

As of last week, 16 patrol officers began carrying the new weapons, the final stage of a plan to give police options besides deadly force when dealing with mentally ill, drugged or just plain violent people.
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