D.C.-area police roll out electronic lasso

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Police across the country are adding a new weapon to their belts, and civil rights groups aren’t thrilled about it.

Police departments in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas have started training with BolaWrap, an “electronic lasso” that shoots a 25-foot cord that wraps around a suspect’s legs or waist. It’s framed as non-lethal way to restrain people, but activists say it’s just an excuse to avoid using de-escalation tactics that don’t involve getting physically involved with people at all.

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