As if the militarization of police hasn’t come under scrutiny enough during the past few weeks as the incident in Ferguson shone a bright light on the matter, it appears that police are soon to be getting their hands on some new tech. According to reports, a new device has been created called the Z-RO that temporarily blinds anyone the police deem necessary to make compliant.
Shield Defense Systems out of Reno, NV, has created a product called the Z-RO (retinal obfuscation) that is said to be a non-lethal compliance device used in times of unrest. According to the company, Z-RO, “Obstructs the target’s vision temporarily for up to 10-15 minutes via proprietary technology when deployed on engaged mark.”
The device that apparently straps to the underside of a firearm as depicted in the stock photo released is set to become available for purchase in December. According to Shield Defense Systems, it is a non-lethal weapon, but The Free Thought Project points out that the same was said about Tasers, “which have killed over 500 people in the United States since 2001.”
Although police officers may have had slight justification for militarizing, due to the threat of incoming rounds being shot at them by protesters as previously reported, is this a safe alternative? Can you anticipate any problems when it comes to deploying this in the field? Feel free to let us know your thoughts on the Z-RO in the comments below.