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LAPD Uses Bean Bag Shotgun on Suspect in 'Southland'
On last week's episode of Southland, the new LAPD crime drama, officers brought out their bean bag shotgun to subdue a suspect. Did NBC stretch reality in this situation? No, they didn't--this is standard protocol and something we've seen used a few times when car chases come to an end.
Bean bag rounds are a "less than lethal munition," according to Officer Ana Aguirre at LAPD Media Relations. She describes it as sock, or hackey sack, type of round that is stuffed into a clear plastic shotgun shell and shot from a real shotgun. When the trigger is pulled, the bag releases and expands as it whirls towards a suspect. It is better used in outdoor than indoor situations as it has an effective range of about 5 to 45 feet.
Tonight's episode is the show's third and will leave the grittier parts of the city for an episode dealing with the celebrity life. Who's is watching this show? Thoughts? Comment below.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.