The Ferguson Police Department is testing out a new device which they think might help prevent unnecessary shooting deaths.
“The Alternative” was invented by a retired police officer and is produced by a California-based company called Alternative Ballistics. It’s an orange accessory that sits on the end of a gun and basically slows down the bullet so it is less likely to kill someone (although it has never actually been used on a human).
“It’s going to feel like you’re getting punched in the chest by Barry Bonds,” CEO Christian Ellis told CNN. “It’s going to break some ribs.”
The company claims it only takes a few seconds to attach the device to the gun, and it doesn’t obstruct the view of the target through the sight.
Here’s a description of how it works according to Alternative Ballistics:
Once the weapon is fired; the bullet embeds itself inside the projectile with no chance of escaping, simultaneously transferring the bullet’s energy, propelling it directly at the target. Once the bullet is fired from the gun into the projectile they permanently become one unit. The docking unit will automatically eject from the weapon and the firearm returns to its normal function before it cycles in a new round.
The 2015 Austin Marathon was held this past weekend, and the final stretch for one of the runners was both inspiring and pretty hard to watch.
Kenya’s Hyvon Ngetich was leading the pack for most of the race, but near the finish line her body started to give up.
She ended up crawling the rest of the way (about 50 yards), even refusing to use a wheelchair offered by race officials.
“For the last two kilometers, I don’t remember,” said Ngetich. “Finish line, I have no idea.”
Despite the struggle, she still ended up getting 3rd place, and the race director offered her the same amount of money as the second place finisher.
“You ran the bravest race and crawled the bravest crawl I have ever seen in my life,” he said. “You have earned much honor, and I am going to adjust your prize money, so you get the same prize money you would have gotten if you were second.”
You can watch all 4.5 minutes of her finish below.