A state lawmaker wants Vermont police agencies to look for new, non-lethal methods to help cut down on fatal shootings by police, reports the Associated Press. Technologies exist or are being developed that can temporarily blind suspects with a laser, cause intense heat without burning or emit odors so offensive they incapacitate people, said state Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, a Republican. The available technology goes beyond the tools Vermont police agencies use, which include tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bag projectiles, said Illuzzi, who is the state’s attorney for Essex County.
Since 2000, Vermont law enforcers have been involved in 11 shootings, seven of them fatal. In each case, the shootings were deemed justifiable following investigations. Illuzzi said more modern equipment could help avoid fatal confrontations. In a letter, he called on the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council to look into the technology options.