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Wrap, Bola Wrap: New tool helps local law enforcement defuse dangerous situations without lethal…


out that banana peel helps your
skin you’re Keith even your skin you’re Keith even your
silver Thursday>>>IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING FROM>>>IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING FROM
A JAMES BOND MOVIE BUT IT’S A JAMES BOND MOVIE BUT IT’S
ACTUALLY THE NEWEST TOOL POLICE ACTUALLY THE NEWEST TOOL POLICE
OFFICERS ARE USING TO FIGHT OFFICERS ARE USING TO FIGHT
CRIME. CRIME.
>>AND CHANNEL TWO INVESTIGATOR>>AND CHANNEL TWO INVESTIGATOR
BILL SPENCER SHOWS US, THIS IS BILL SPENCER SHOWS US, THIS IS
HELPING THEM DIFFUSE TENSE HELPING THEM DIFFUSE TENSE
SITUATIONS WITHOUT USING LETHAL SITUATIONS WITHOUT USING LETHAL
FORCE. FORCE.
>>YOUR HANDS.>>YOUR HANDS.
>>OH, NO, NO, NO, NO.>>OH, NO, NO, NO, NO.
>>NO.>>NO.
>>Reporter: THEY ARE DREADED>>Reporter: THEY ARE DREADED
WORDS NO OFFICER EVER WANTS TO WORDS NO OFFICER EVER WANTS TO
HEAR, MANY TIMES IT’S A MENTAL HEAR, MANY TIMES IT’S A MENTAL
HEALTH CRISIS, OFFICERS LEFT HEALTH CRISIS, OFFICERS LEFT
WITH LITTLE OPTIONS, AND FEW WITH LITTLE OPTIONS, AND FEW
PROTOCOL TO FOLLOW. PROTOCOL TO FOLLOW.
>>NOT TONIGHT.>>NOT TONIGHT.
>>LESS LETHAL.>>LESS LETHAL.
>>SEAN WAS 31 WHEN HE DIED.>>SEAN WAS 31 WHEN HE DIED.
>>Reporter: SEAN WENT TO>>Reporter: SEAN WENT TO
CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL AND THE CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL AND THE
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FOR A UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FOR A
YEAR. YEAR.
>>HE WAS BIPOLAR, HE HAD RAPID>>HE WAS BIPOLAR, HE HAD RAPID
CYCLING BIPOLAR. CYCLING BIPOLAR.
HE ALSO HAD GENERALIZED ANXIETY HE ALSO HAD GENERALIZED ANXIETY
DISORDER. DISORDER.
>>Reporter: HE WAS TEMPORARILY>>Reporter: HE WAS TEMPORARILY
LIVING AT HOME WITH HIS PARENTS LIVING AT HOME WITH HIS PARENTS
IN SUGAR LAND. IN SUGAR LAND.
>>HE SAID I AM GOING TO KILL>>HE SAID I AM GOING TO KILL
MYSELF. MYSELF.
I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE. I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE.
>>Reporter: AND THEN SEAN PICKS>>Reporter: AND THEN SEAN PICKS
UP A GUN. UP A GUN.
>>I LEFT THE HOUSE, I TOLD MY>>I LEFT THE HOUSE, I TOLD MY
WIFE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. WIFE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
AND THEN I CALLED 911. AND THEN I CALLED 911.
>>Reporter: AS HIS DAD, TED,>>Reporter: AS HIS DAD, TED,
ANXIOUSLY WAITED OUTSIDE. ANXIOUSLY WAITED OUTSIDE.
>>AND ONE OF THE OFFICERS WE>>AND ONE OF THE OFFICERS WE
COULD HEAR HIM A LOUDLY, DROP COULD HEAR HIM A LOUDLY, DROP
THE RIFLE. THE RIFLE.
DROP THE RIFLE. DROP THE RIFLE.
DROP THE RIFLE. DROP THE RIFLE.
SHORTLY AFTER THAT. SHORTLY AFTER THAT.
BOOM. BOOM.
AND THEN ANOTHER BOOM. AND THEN ANOTHER BOOM.
>>Reporter: 25% OF ALL DEADLY>>Reporter: 25% OF ALL DEADLY
POLICE SHOOTINGS INVOLVE A POLICE SHOOTINGS INVOLVE A
PERSON WITH A MENTAL HEALTH PERSON WITH A MENTAL HEALTH
DISORDER. DISORDER.
NOW, THERE IS NEW TECHNOLOGY, A NOW, THERE IS NEW TECHNOLOGY, A
NONLETHAL WEAPON FOR COPS TO USE NONLETHAL WEAPON FOR COPS TO USE
TO INSTANTLY WRAP UP A COMBATIVE TO INSTANTLY WRAP UP A COMBATIVE
PERSON IN THE MIDST OF A MENTAL PERSON IN THE MIDST OF A MENTAL
HEALTH CRISIS. HEALTH CRISIS.
IT’S CALLED THE BOLA WRAP. IT’S CALLED THE BOLA WRAP.
WHAT ARE YOU TYING THESE PEOPLE WHAT ARE YOU TYING THESE PEOPLE
UP WITH ESSENTIALLY. UP WITH ESSENTIALLY.
>>THE COMPANY CALLS THESE>>THE COMPANY CALLS THESE
PELLETS IT LOOKS LIKE TWO MINI PELLETS IT LOOKS LIKE TWO MINI
GRAPPLING HOOKS, KEVLAR CORD GRAPPLING HOOKS, KEVLAR CORD
IT’S MADE OF THE SAME SUBSTANCE IT’S MADE OF THE SAME SUBSTANCE
THAT OUR BULLET RESISTENCE VESTS THAT OUR BULLET RESISTENCE VESTS
ARE MADE UP. ARE MADE UP.
>>Reporter: HARRIS COUNT SIT>>Reporter: HARRIS COUNT SIT
FIRST EXACTLY IN OUR AREA TO GET FIRST EXACTLY IN OUR AREA TO GET
IT. IT.
PRESAINT ONE EXECUTES ALL THE PRESAINT ONE EXECUTES ALL THE
MENTAL HEALTH WARRANTS FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH WARRANTS FOR THE
ENTIRE COUNT. ENTIRE COUNT.
>>I IF WE HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN>>I IF WE HAVE TO TAKE YOU IN
TO CUSTODY BECAUSE WE ARE TO CUSTODY BECAUSE WE ARE
REQUIRED TO, WE WANT TO MAKE REQUIRED TO, WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SURE THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO
GET HURT IN THE PROCESS. GET HURT IN THE PROCESS.
>>Reporter: SO THE TO SAME IT>>Reporter: SO THE TO SAME IT
THANK YOU USE THE LATER AND THANK YOU USE THE LATER AND
POINT IT RIGHT AT WHAT YOU ARE POINT IT RIGHT AT WHAT YOU ARE
SHOOTING AT. SHOOTING AT.
>>YES, SIR.>>YES, SIR.
>>Reporter: HOW FAST DOES THE>>Reporter: HOW FAST DOES THE
WIRE COME OUT OF THIS THING. WIRE COME OUT OF THIS THING.
>>400 FEET PER SECOND.>>400 FEET PER SECOND.
>>Reporter: 400 FEET PER SECOND>>Reporter: 400 FEET PER SECOND
FOR THE BIG MOMENT WE ARE GOING FOR THE BIG MOMENT WE ARE GOING
TO DEMONSTRATE HOW IT WORKS. TO DEMONSTRATE HOW IT WORKS.
THEY’LL SHOOT IT AT ME. THEY’LL SHOOT IT AT ME.
>>I WILL LOAD IT.>>I WILL LOAD IT.
LOAD IS IN. LOAD IS IN.
I COULD BE COBB IT AND TURN ON, I COULD BE COBB IT AND TURN ON,
TALKING TO SUSPECT, HEY, COME TALKING TO SUSPECT, HEY, COME
ON, MAN, DO YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO ON, MAN, DO YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO
DO. DO.
>>Reporter: WOW.>>Reporter: WOW.
WOW. WOW.
WOW. WOW.
WOW. WOW.
>>TRY TO WALK, TRY TO RUN.>>TRY TO WALK, TRY TO RUN.
I CAN’T RUN, I CAN’T EVEN WALK. I CAN’T RUN, I CAN’T EVEN WALK.
I MEAN — AND IT SCARED — THAT I MEAN — AND IT SCARED — THAT
JUST SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME. JUST SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME.
I GOTTA TELL YOU. I GOTTA TELL YOU.
[ LAUGHTER ] [ LAUGHTER ]
>>Reporter: RIGHT NOW, THE BOLA>>Reporter: RIGHT NOW, THE BOLA
WRAPS ARE ONLY A A SIGNED TO THE WRAPS ARE ONLY A A SIGNED TO THE
CONSTABLE’S MENTAL HEALTH CONSTABLE’S MENTAL HEALTH
DIVISION, OVER 100 POLICE DIVISION, OVER 100 POLICE
AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED
STATES NOW HAVE THEM. STATES NOW HAVE THEM.
BACK IN SUGAR LAND FOR TED IT’S BACK IN SUGAR LAND FOR TED IT’S
NOT JUST IMPORTANT FOR OFFICERS NOT JUST IMPORTANT FOR OFFICERS
TO HAVE A NEW TOOL. TO HAVE A NEW TOOL.
BUT ALSO BETTER PROCEDURES, BUT ALSO BETTER PROCEDURES,
AFTER HIS SON’S DEATH. AFTER HIS SON’S DEATH.
HE FORMED A FOUNDATION TO HELP HE FORMED A FOUNDATION TO HELP
IMPROVE POLICE TRAINING. IMPROVE POLICE TRAINING.
>>I TALKED TO POLICE OFFICERS>>I TALKED TO POLICE OFFICERS
JUST TO TELL OUR STORY AND JUST TO TELL OUR STORY AND
ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION ABOUT ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION ABOUT
TACTICS THAT MAYBE THEY COULD TACTICS THAT MAYBE THEY COULD
USE TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE IN A USE TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE IN A
CRISIS. CRISIS.
>>Reporter: AND THE>>Reporter: AND THE
FOUNDATION’S WORK IS PAYING OFF FOUNDATION’S WORK IS PAYING OFF
A YEAR AFTER SEAN’S DEATH A A YEAR AFTER SEAN’S DEATH A
CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM WAS CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM WAS
FORMED IN SUGAR LAND. FORMED IN SUGAR LAND.
>>I AM THE ONE THAT CALLED 911>>I AM THE ONE THAT CALLED 911
AND I DO FEEL A RESPONSIBILITY AND I DO FEEL A RESPONSIBILITY
TO TRY TO MAKE THIS LESS LIKELY TO TRY TO MAKE THIS LESS LIKELY
TO HAPPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE. TO HAPPEN TO SOMEONE ELSE.
>>Reporter: WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT>>Reporter: WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT
DO IF YOUR LOVED ONE WAS HAVING DO IF YOUR LOVED ONE WAS HAVING
A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, HEAD TO A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, HEAD TO
CLICK HOUSTON.COM AND DOWNLOAD A CLICK HOUSTON.COM AND DOWNLOAD A
COPY OF THESE TWO CARDS, THIS IS COPY OF THESE TWO CARDS, THIS IS
A SCRIPT A GUIDE OF WHAT TO SAY A SCRIPT A GUIDE OF WHAT TO SAY
WHEN CALLING 911 THIS IS A LIST WHEN CALLING 911 THIS IS A LIST
OF INSTRUCTIONS OF WHAT TO DO OF INSTRUCTIONS OF WHAT TO DO
WITH THE POLICE ARRIVE. WITH THE POLICE ARRIVE.
WE GOT THESE FROM THE FOUNDATION WE GOT THESE FROM THE FOUNDATION
FOR SAFE POLICE RESPONSE. FOR SAFE POLICE RESPONSE.
I AM BILL SPENCER, KPRC CHAMPION

3 thoughts on “Wrap, Bola Wrap: New tool helps local law enforcement defuse dangerous situations without lethal…

  1. "I can't even walk…" As he walks across the room…brilliant reporting. This looks like an extremely niche tool, that would easily fail with an aggressive or drug educed suspect.

  2. Your tax money waisted houston received Millions from a 71 million dollar program not a dime for new jobs not a penny for health care, if you taxpayers don't fall in line expect this life saving new police tool to be used on you

    Don't worry I expect my comment to be suppressed

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