September 27, 2013
A Missouri Sheriff’s Department is testing electronic restraints called “Stun Cuffs,” which can deliver up to 80,000 volts to an inmate’s arm or leg by remote control.
As revealed in the video, the wearer fell completely to the floor after being shocked remotely from a distance which can reach up to 100 yards.
“Does that hurt?” One of the officers asked the wearer while laughing. “Stop resisting!”
Stun cuffs are “a very effective tool,” according to Capt. Hovey of the Buchanan Co. Sheriff’s Dept. as reported by KQTV. “It affects the muscles of the body and it doesn’t really affect anything else.”
In particular, he claimed that the shock did not affect the wearer’s heart.
“What it does really is just sends a charge through the body that locks up your muscles,” he added.
Capt. Hovey said that the Stun Cuffs, which cost $2,200 a piece, have a few “kinks” to work out before they are fully implemented.
The Stun Cuffs are more powerful than the electroshock weapon currently in use by police departments nationwide: the Taser.
Police Tasers send 50,000 volts and a few milliamps to its target and at least 500 people have died after being shot by them, either during their arrest or while in police custody.
Although police departments say that Taser use can save lives, the weapons are often abused by being used multiple times on an unarmed victim who later dies.
“Of the hundreds who have died following police use of Tasers in the United States, dozens and possibly scores of deaths can be traced to unnecessary force being used,” said Susan Lee, a former program director at Amnesty International. “This is unacceptable, and stricter guidelines for their use are now imperative.”
Considering such a track record for Tasers, Stun Cuffs, which are more powerful and susceptible to both officer abuse and technology flaws, could also lead to the deaths of detainees.