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.”
A 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.