Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Introduces Two Less-Than-Lethal Weapons

This morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference displaying a new tool they have, a pepper gun. They also showed a beanbag shotgun.

Both weapons fit in a category the Sheriff’s Office calls less-than-lethal (another term for non-lethal). According to the Sheriff’s Office, “All supervisors have received training for the use of this device in the field.”

The Sheriff’s Office explained in the video above the pepper gun will be used to subdue a suspect. “Our job is not to hurt people,” said the presenter in the video. “Our job is to keep the peace.” bean bag shotgun



  • Escalation of force goes: Verbal Warning Gun, Pepper Gun, Beanbag Gun, Fist Gun, Club Gun, Bullet Gun, Gun Gun, Gun Gun Gun.

  • I hope these weapons were tested on the officers first. You know, for training of course.

    • I know new recruit have are generally pepper-sprayed as part of their training. However they’re not shot with bean-bag rounds because they’re too dangerous, hence less than lethal, not entirely not lethal.

  • How ironic that shortly after an out of control liberal hillary voting womens rights march our law enforcement has to gear up like this.
    Its Trump time.
    Get ready. Get down with your hands behind your back before thes have to be deployed.

  • Audio sucks.
    Irregardless, I, for one, appreciate their concern for the half cocked citizens caught up in fully cocked tyrannical behavior. Maybe someone will invent a love potion to spray into the crowds, back to the 60’s.
    Thank you officers for responding instead of reacting in such perilous times.
    Just don’t leave your main protection behind. We count on you to save the day through all means possible.

    • Come on, man. Invent a love potion? MDMA and countless other psychedelics fit into that category. The governments of the world don’t want people taking substances that make them love or think. They prefer mind deadening drugs like alcohol, antidepressants and opioids.

    • Irregardless is not a word. Next time try regardless.

      • You are wrong Zippy. “Irregardless” is a word: Miriam Webster:

        “Is irregardless a word?
        Irregardless was popularized in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its increasingly widespread spoken use called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.”

        Stop trying to take the colloquial beauty away from the English language. A creative adverb can be the best description.

  • Some of that video is total bullshit, the bean bag shotgun has been available and in the possession of some sheriff’s department deputies for over 15 plus years. Just more lies out of Downey and some of his clowns. It will get much better when Bill Honsal is appointed sheriff by the board of supervisors, to fill out downeys present term when the inept Downey retires on his $150,000 plus dollars a year.

  • Anything is better than lethal force

  • You can’t park any wear in pukereaka with out bums asking for change .

  • They should’ve saved the money and bought more ammo for thier employees to go to the range and get some more practice in. Joking but not. Haven’t heard much lately about them firing 40 shots during mid day with only one bullet hitting the target.
    And it pry won’t be long before one of em shoots that spray gun upwind and pepper sprays them self as well as the perp.

  • Cops are so grumpy looking. I thought they went to police academy… oh wait.. police academy

  • Around here this pepper gun is very inneffective when it comes to wanted violent criminal offenders that just smoked a bunch of meth.
    The tazer doesnt either depending on the amount of meth that is zeroing out any pain the tweeker should be feeling.
    I think it will be a great tool for non methed out local loudmouths trying to fight themeth such as the ones that got out of hand at the womens march.
    Im sure the boys will have their fun with their new toys!
    Good for them!
    Did Trump inspire these or is it just simply a sign of the times!?

  • Shouldn’t getting in shape be a priority? Thats why the weapons are pulled, even when no others are in play. Incompetence and fear. One sworn to protect should at least know a few competent take downs, should really be in some martial art class not being given new excuses to not be able to run a block w/o a heart attack. Throw yoga and meditation in there too.

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