Man Invents 'Grappler' To Grab Stop Cars During High-Speed Pursuits
Phoenix, Arizona - A man who was frustrated by innocent people dying during high speed police pursuits invented a device right out of a James Bond movie.
A Phoenix man has invented a Batman-esque device that can completely end a high speed chase before it starts. Leonard Stock came up with a "grappler bumper" when he was fed up with how dangerous these pursuits were so he came up with the idea and spent 8 years testing and developing it.
"The options right now are getting in front of a suspect vehicle to deploy tire spikes or using the pit maneuver or some type of smash up derby style process to stop a vehicle and the officer many times is pinned against a suspect vehicle," Stock told FOX10.
I was initially skeptical. Citizens invents products all the time to fix perceived problems in law enforcement, and they are frequently horrible ideas. However, after watching the video below, I think it could possibly be a viable option for police officers to end vehicle pursuits.The Grappler is basically a net that officers drop down that wraps around a suspects tire. The net is attached to a tow strap that the officer can release from their vehicle with the flip of a switch. The Grappler Police Bumper can also be disguised for undercover operations.
The President of the Peoria Police Officers Association stated "His concept is absolutely fantastic. If that thing holds up the way it appears it's going to.. huge advantage for law enforcement."
USA Today reports that more than 5000 innocent people have beein killed by police pursuits since 1979. This device may be able to cut those number down significantly. Stock says that all the money and time he's put into the Grappler will be worth it even if just one life is saved.
The website for the bumper does not list the price, but if your agency is interested in purchasing them you can check out Policebumper.com