A hybrid police car is seen at the unveiling of two new Ford Fusion hybrid pursuit-rated Police Responder cars at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on April 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Source: Jeffrey Cawood

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently announced plans to train hundreds of officers to use a new gizmo designed to subdue suspects without using violent force.

According to the L.A. Times, the device resembles “a gadget on Batman’s utility belt,” referring to the fictional comic book superhero who has generally relied on non-lethal strategies to fight crime.

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