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Patent Filed For Electric Handcuffs

December 12, 2012 by  

Patent Filed For Electric Handcuffs

As American police become increasingly militarized, and in many cases increasingly hostile to Constitutionally guaranteed rights, many Americans are becoming increasingly worried of the very real possibility of having cuffs slapped on and being thrown into the back of a squad car for what may seem like a less-than-arrestable offense. A new patent filed for a futuristic law enforcement tool likely isn’t going to set their minds at ease.

Earlier this month, Gizmodo discovered a recent patent filing for handcuffs that would afford law enforcement officers a range of shocking new tools to keep their prisoners under control.

A company called Scottsdale Inventions LLC has filed a patent for handcuffs that would allow officers to deliver an electric shock to prisoners through the restraints. The handcuffs would also allow for the delivery of a drugging substance “to achieve any desired result”; the substance could be in the form of “a liquid, a gas, a dye, an irritant, a medication, a sedative, a transdermal medication or transdermal enhancers such as dimethyl sulfoxide, a chemical restraint, a paralytic, a medication prescribed to the detainee, and combinations thereof.”

patent description for the Apparatus and System for Detainee Restraint states:

There is provided a device and system for restraining detainees through devices attached to the detainees and configured to administer electrical shocks when certain predetermined conditions occur. Restraining devices may be activated by internal control systems or by external controllers that transmit activation signals to the restraining device. External controllers may be actuated by an external controlling entity such as a detention guard or other person or system, or may be controlled by an enabling signal sent by wired or wireless connections to the controller. There is also provided a system for detainee restraint where multiple detainees may be restrained collectively or individually in a controlled environment such as a detention facility, a jail, or a detainee transport vehicle.

While the patent claims that the cuffs come equipped with sensors that would prevent prisoners from being shocked or drugged to death, some might argue that it still seems like a vast amount of power for a growing number of officers who demonstrate poor judgment on the job.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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    • duane

      I agree whole heartily. I would venture to say it will be an ACLU dream come true.

  • Bev

    The more non-lethals we have the more likely they will be used. Poor judgement will be left in the rear view mirror as we are tazered and electrocuted with impunity.

    • Kenneth Heavrin

      I wonder how many people giving negative comments on this subject have ever tried to subdue a drunk/drugged crazed person and placed him into the back of a car. Until you HAVE, you don’t have any idea what you are talking about. Any tool that allows that to be done with less chance of injury to ALL involved is welcome.

      Like other similar electronic tools, it is likely that there is an electronic log kept in the tool allow review of alledged excessive use. There is always a another side to every story.

      • vicki

        let us look at the side of the story where the “electronic” log is hacked.

      • Dan Mancuso

        I acknowlege your point from the law enforcement officers perspective, there are a lot of crazies and animals out there. I still tend toward the side of law and order and understand how important,difficult and thankless is the job of law enforcement.
        However, it is also a fact that – for whatever reason – the selection of law enforcement officer candidates leaves a lot to be desired these days. The thugishness, brutality and criminality of some law enforcement officers is on the rise, per capita.
        Then there is the very real problem and agenda of the millitarization of police forces.
        Combine the sometimes questionable manpower, the millitarization, the technology and the ‘Blue Wall’ and we have an unacceptable situation. Introducing technology like these ‘handcuffs’ starts to go into the realm of a nightmare scenario.
        I was in agreement when they introduced Tasers, BECAUSE it was considered a less lethal form of controling a situation. It made sense, from a humanitarian perspective, to shock someone rather than put a few hollow points into them – or into a crowd of innocent bystanders. But look what has transpired with this technology – granted only by some – horrendus acts of brutality, thugishness, and death.
        I don’t know what a solution is, but I feel these ‘handcuffs’ are NOT the way to go.


        “Kenneth Heavrin” AND “Dan Mancuso,”

        IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING APPLICANTS AT Memphis Police Department CAN HAVE A MISDEMEANOR RECORD. [Indeed - these days - it is difficult to find people under fifty who have not committed, at least, one crime].




      • Public Citizen

        The operative statement being “with less possibility of injury to all” compare and contrast the use of this infernal device with the multiple documented deaths of people who have been subjected to the use of the “Tazer”.
        In addition please explain how a device that goes on the thumbs/fingers can be applied to an individual without risk of broken bones when your contention is that the person is “difficult to subdue”.
        Thirdly, what credentials do you posses that allows for the use of injected agents ostensibly for the purpose of subduing a person. Are you qualified to make the necessary screening for any possible side effects or interactions with prescription medications. I don’t think so.
        The “less possibility of injury” is a red herring/smoke screen. If you are a ~peace officer~ then your job is to keep the peace, restore order with a minimum of force.
        If you can’t do that then you’re just another “street monster”.

  • The Big Easy

    I can just see some people who have a medical condition such as a pace maker or some allergy to which they have a very bad reaction or even DEATH.The cops are not medical professionals,so they have no idea what effect the CHEMICALS or the electrical SHOCK that they are INJECTING into someone will do to them.Just more of the state run ‘BIG BROTHER’ at work,to continue to CONTROL more and more of the CITIZENS activities and LIVES.———-And how are they able to INJECT some trash into the ‘suspect’ without the ‘suspects’ CONSENT ???? I can NOT imagine ANYONE wanting to be a ‘LAB RAT’ for the more and more cops being ‘storm troopers’ for the ‘party’,against the ‘LEGAL CITIZENS OF AMERICA.——–Drones in the skies over AMERICA,cameras on EVERY street corner in AMERICA,microphones being installed at EVERY street corner in AMERICA,the ‘state’ looking into your internet account,the ‘state’ looking into your medical files ( obummmmmmer-non-care ),trying to get rid of the FIRST AMENDMENT,the SECOND AMENDMENT,hell they want to do away with the ENTIRE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,at their d.n.c. convention,they even went so far as to vote out GOD from their platform, his sounds more like 30′s and 40′s germany or russia !!!!!!!!!!!———This is what the democraps are very happy to continue to push for.

    • vicki

      It is important that you subdue your slaves without seriously harming or killing them. Extra bonus if your drugs can keep them from harming themselves.

  • Jeanette

    How fitting for a world in which the UN and the US (to name just two entities) are planning for us to have a future called: Agenda 21.

  • Steve E

    Can’t wait to try them on my wife. I’ll say: “Hey Baby! Chris Grey (Shades of Grey) never mentioned these in the book.

  • Don

    A lot of Rambo cops will get a nut off with these.

  • Jim H.

    The risk for abuse with these would be exceptionaly high, especially since the Supreme court has rule that law enforcement does not have to protect the citizens, only enforce the laws. There are a lot of very good and fine officers out there that still believe in the protect part of protect and serve, but it only takes a few bad apples to make it harder for the good ones to work with an increasingly distrustful public because of so much abuse from an increasing number of abusive officers, which makes any confrontation for both sides more dangerous. I have noticed in the area where I live, and I grew up here and was in law enforcement for 19 years, that the new officers are now either shaving teir heards or wearing basically flat tops and are very unfreindly. There is no grey areas in their way of thinking, everything is either black or white. Racial prejudice which had really went down, is now really increasing once again. They do their best to try and hide it, but I can see it because I grew up having prejudice used against me. In this instance though,I fear for everyones well being, not just minorities.

  • scared

    Sounds like those bracelets they wanted airplane travelers to wear! I know what police go through but some of the watching and restraining go a little too far

  • diderot

    Police psychotypology: I’m going to take rectify wrongs done to me in childhood, on you. Sadosociopaths.

  • jopa

    What if there is a power failure? We would have criminals running rampant around the whole countryside. Who would have their power restored first, the guy in handcuffs or my wide screen TV.Just so many questions.

  • Humpty Dumpty

    How about cruel and UNUSUAL punishment.

    • big john

      wow can’t wait to get a pair for my ex-wife’s lawyer

  • justathinker

    Administering A Controlled Substance without a license. The family of the first person who dies from that will receive their very own Police Station as a settlement.

    • Public Citizen

      It won’t even take somebody dying.
      The first person to have an adverse reaction that requires treatment by a licensed medical professional will~ own~ the municipality where the offence occurs.
      They may also end up owning the company that manufactures this infernal device.


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