Eugene Police Trying Out New High-Tech Restraint

Jun 10, 2021

A law enforcement device to detain suspects is out on Eugene’s streets.  Through June and into the early part of next month, the “BolaWrap” is being used on a pilot basis.

In a still image from a demonstration video, a couple Kevlar tethers wrap around a man after being fired.
Credit Footage from EPD

A video demonstration of the BolaWrap shows a man with two targeting lasers pointed at his waist and ankles. With a whistling sound, two tethers – looking like a cross between SpiderMan’s web and Wonder Woman’s lasso – wrap around him.

Sergeant Ryan Molony of the Eugene Police Department, explains:

“Basically it’s a Kevlar string, that’s extremely tough to break. It’s got two anchoring steel rods on either end, that stretch out around the side once it’s been deployed so when it hits the subject, it wraps around. 

"It doesn’t in essence, incapacitate anybody, but what it does, is it restricts their ability to  pull their arms up and move their arms around, or to try and kick, or run away at the time.” 

The BolaWrap is seen as a tool for when someone’s having a mental health or drug-related episode, not more potentially combative, violent encounters.

The EPD says pilot testing phase for the device ends July 7th.

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