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The 'Alternative' from Alternative Ballistics

Ferguson Police Examining the Less-Lethal ‘Alternative’

Ferguson Police explore the 'Alternative,' a device that turns any officers bullet into a less lethal projectile the size of a ping pong ball.

Body cameras aren’t the only option law enforcement agencies are exploring.

Ferguson Assistant Police Chief Al Eickhoff was recently searching for less lethal products for his department when he came across something called the “Alternative” from Alternative Ballistics.

According to The Washington Post:

Browsing a California company’s website, Eickhoff found pictures and videos of an odd-looking, blaze-orange device docked on a normal handgun barrel. When a bullet fired, it melded with an attached projectile the size of a ping-pong ball that flew with enough force to knock a person down, maybe break some ribs, but not kill him, the product’s makers said — even at close range.

… the Alternative is meant for exactly that time when officers decide, often in a split second, that they must shoot someone to protect themselves or others

“It gives another option,” Eickhoff told The Washington Post. “I really liked it. … You are always looking to save a life, not take a life.”

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