Missouri cops now using 80,000-volt ‘stun cuffs’ on prisoners

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The Sheriff’s Department in Buchanan County, Missouri has begun using 80,000-volt enhanced handcuffs for prisoner transfers and some court appearances while dismissing potential safety concerns, KQTV-TV reported on Monday.

“It affects the muscles of the body and it doesn’t really affect anything else,” Captain Jody Hovey told KQTV. “Everyone says it affects your heart, and it does not. What it does really is it just sends a charge through the body that locks up your muscles.”

Missouri cops now using 80,000-volt ‘stun cuffs’ on prisoners

Hovey said to KQTV that the “stun cuffs,” as they have been called, are tied around a prisoner’s arm or leg and can be operated via remote control from as far as 100 yards away. His department is currently using only two pairs, valued at $2,200 apiece, citing “bugs and kinks” that need to be corrected before more are ordered.

In one demonstration, an unidentified officer from another department was seen flailing on the ground after being shocked while wearing the device. Hovey explained to KQTV that prisoners will be informed of the handcuffs’ voltage capacity before being forced to wear them.

“It’s definitely a lot safer for the officers,” Hovey told KQTV. “So if the inmate wants to start fighting you, you don’t have to go hands-on.”

ABC Fusion reported in August 2013 that according to Amnesty International, 500 people died in the U.S. after being shocked by Tasers between 2001 and 2012. Tasers typically deploy a charge of 50,000 volts, just over half the reported capacity of the new “stun cuffs.”

Watch KQTV’s report, aired Monday, below.

4 Responses

  1. doesntmatter says:

    “Everyone says it affects your heart, and it does not. What it does really is it just sends a charge through the body that locks up your muscles”….well what the hell is a heart o_o??

    so you mean to tell me, with all the regular training, protective gear, weapons, and personnel, these officers STILL don’t feel safe enough???????????????????????????? A-mazing…absolutely amazing.

    • doesntmatter says:

      they act like they have the fantasic 4 locked up or something lol…I mean really, this is absurd and ridiculous…just shows how many cowards are walking around perpetrating behind a damn uniform, smh -_-. #disturbing

  2. 5 War Veteran says:

    Well now, How do I feel about this? It is a good reason not to become a criminal. I mean these are being used on convicted criminals, EG Prisoner transfer. I wonder what the statistics are for problems regarding prisoner transfers with the Sheriff’s Department in Buchanan County, Missouri?
    As for cruel and unusual, if the prisoner does as he is told nothing will happen, right? As we know the police WOULD NEVER abuse their authority now would they?
    SARCASM INTENDED

  3. common law p.a.g. Chris says:

    Seems Cruel and UN-usual Punishment constituting Torture to this observer: See: VIII th. Amendment to the national American Constitution for America’s Bill of Rights protections to Americans and 14th. Amend. subject slave citizens of Corp U.S. a Private Foreign Enemy owned corporation> WAKE UP America

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