It has been nearly three years since Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton banned the heavy metal flashlights that officers too often used as weapons–57 times since 2002, including the televised beating of Stanley Miller in June 2004. News footage shot from a helicopter and broadcast worldwide showed an officer striking Miller 11 times with his 2-pound, 2-foot-long flashlight. Today, the LAPD rolls out a replacement: the 7060 LED, what some consider to be the police world’s most innovative – and least harmful – flashlight, reports the city’s Times.
It had to be powerfully bright, easy to operate and – perhaps most importantly – too small and light to be used as a dangerous weapon that could embarrass police and cost the city significant financial damages. The product, 10 inches long and weighing just 12 ounces, has drawn the interest of police agencies across the country, as some have inquired about buying the smaller flashlights – for about $100 each – for their officers. The use of flashlights as weapons has long vexed law enforcement agencies.