A South Texas police department added another weapon to its arsenal. Only this one was designed to cause less harm than a typical firearm.
Rockport Police Chief Gregory Stevens showed off a 12-gauge shotgun, parts of which were bright orange, during a training session for the city”s police force.
When fired, a bean bag-filled round comes out at a velocity that can disable someone while potentially sparing the person”s life.
“Law enforcement is facing a lot of calls where we deal with people that live with behavior health needs,” Stevens said. “If, for whatever reason,s they face that mental health crisis and have a weapon. We have to come up with ways to (deal with that) without taking human life.”