LA Prisons To Use Burning Heat Ray On Unruly Inmates

As if beatings from wardens and guards weren’t bad enough… from Salon.com:

A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is “tantamount to torture.”

The mechanism, known as an “Assault Intervention Device,” is a stripped-down version of a military gadget that sends highly focused beams of energy at people and makes them feel as though they are burning. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department plans to install the device by Labor Day, making it the first time in the world the technology has been deployed in such a capacity.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California criticized Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision in a letter sent Thursday, saying that the technology amounts to a ray gun at a county jail. The 4-feet-tall weapon, which looks like a cross between a robot and a satellite radar, will be mounted on the ceiling and can swivel.

It is remotely controlled by an operator in a separate room who lines up targets with a joystick.

The ACLU said the weapon was “tantamount to torture,” noting that early military versions resulted in five airmen suffering lasting burns. It requested a meeting with Baca, who declined the invitation.

The sheriff unveiled the device last week and said it would be installed in the dorm of a jail in north Los Angeles County…

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  • Gregory

    Prisons?!?! Naw…we need those in the places where there is the most violence and unrulyness…our public schools!

  • HERNE

    Try it on the inmates first…everyone be silent about it and it will be used on us eventually…that's the way it goes.

  • Vox Cloaca

    It's funny to me how America's leftists say, “Yo, there's crime in the streets, dawg, and my babymama can't walk to the bodega without bein shot! The gubmint needs to do somethin about the crime in the streets!”

    And then when the bad guys are locked up, the lefties are all, “yo, the scum of the erf have feelin's too, dawg! Don't actually, like, punish anyone who tries to shank a prison guard; instead, give 'em a teddy bear and show 'em the emotional support and validation then never got as kids!”

    • 5by5

      And Righties fail to understand the concept that there are two ways to administer justice: retributive justice, and restorative justice.

      Righties are only interested in punishing, not restoring people to society. They LOVE throwing away humans, just so long as they aren't a fetus. So they only want retributive justice.

      As a result, we have one of the largest prison systems in the world — something which they're happy about, because since most of the individuals are in jail, and therefore can't vote, it represents the new apartheid. Getting rid of as many people as possible from communities that traditionally don't vote for them anyways, and turning them into an ultra-low cost workforce. Many people don't recognize how many “help lines” that they call, are in prisons. And those boys are manufacturing more than license plates now.

      Add the “prisons for profit” crap the NeoCons love so much, and you begin to see a really disturbing pattern. Decimate the funding that might help make impoverished communities better like education, job retraining, and small business assistance, keep the idiotic “Drug War” going so that people are weakened by addition, give them less funding for recovery, screw up the economy so they have difficulty finding a job and turn to crime, then profit off of both locking them up and stealing their labor, make money off of KEEPING them in prison, and then disempower them by denying them the right to vote against the fuckers who helped create that little construct.

    • Earbudcontender

      paranoia.

    • oman28

      Hi Mom

    • Gemmarama

      since when did rehabilitation have anything to do with punishment?

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Another tribute name??? Dude…I am so flattered. In this case…it really suits you.

      And interestingly, the effete lefties usually say “Gosh…if we didn't use policy that deliberately manufactured herds of unemployable, impoverished people with no hope of achieving anything the problem would reduce by default instead of multiplying in spite of generations of War On Crime mentality driven by the Right.”

      Then when herds of people get arrested, with fewer rights and less thorough trials, we say “Gosh, innocence before guilt. The Founding Fathers intended for laws to be administered fairly to all people, and that the burden of proof is upon the state, not upon the defendant…which is why this is spelled out explicitly in our Constitution and Bill Of Rights.”

      And then conservatives call us commies and libtards and explain why the Founders envisioned a police state where cops actions require no explanation, judges shouldn't be questioned on their conduct unless they show signs of liberalism, and tortured confessions, indefinite detention without contact or legal aid, forced labor, and execution when doubt remains are all awesome ideas.

    • Andrew

      Nothing racist about those characterizations.

    • Haystack

      You idiot. We're all in favor of crime.

  • justagirl

    LOL! they're like the idiots in my family who tried on the dog's shock collar.

    • Haystack

      You got your kids to wear those? Good work. *g*

      • justagirl

        you should be a plastic surgeon when you grow up. *G*

  • Hadrian999

    it all depends on when it is used,
    shouldn't be used as the first resort but could be a good alternative to being pepper sprayed and getting the shit kicked out of you by the srt team

  • 5by5

    Gee, where could this go wrong….

    If tasers are any sort of proof of concept, the one thing that will prove true about the usage of this device is that it won't stop with merely backing off a prisoner. The microwaves in these devices are like any other microwaves — they COOK things. And you can pretty much count the minutes before guard with testosterone poisoning ramps up the volume on one of these things, or holds it on for too long, and fries a prisoner who DOESN'T deserve it. And if you're naive enough to think that domestic use of these devices will stop with prisoners, you're an idiot. Expect to see this crap on a street near you, cooking your granny at a traffic stop.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      I always favored the deployment of something safer…like the Sonic Bowel Disrupter (I am not kidding.)

      It's hard to step up and stay combative when a blast of sonic energy makes you spontaneously crap yourself.

  • oman28

    Tesla invented this.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Sounds about as safe as the seizure inducing Light Cannon…it was meant to disorient and incapacitate, temporarily inducing blindness, dizziness and headaches…but seizures, nosebleeds and migraines-for-life kind of made it impossible to sell as a harmless deterant.

  • Haystack

    When you give prison guards a monitor and joystick contraption with which they can zap inmates from the comfort of an office chair, you don't have to be a social psychologist to predict what will happen.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    These guys are like what happens when you put together a dumb kid, a sunny day, an ant hill and a magnifying glass.

    “Watch 'em burn and writhe, what power!!………heee hee heee heee, this machine is so cooool”

    This is not a toy -boys……and men are not ants…….

  • Earbudcontender

    When ever I'm up to mischief in the LA prison system, I'll will be sure to be holding one of those tasty microwavable burritos to have something to look forward to after all is said and ding….

  • N3t14

    Have them installed in Congress, put it online as a video game, C Span will become the #1 channel.

  • Ross Wolf

    Can Police non-lethal weapons Lead to More Violence?

    Prior to police having access to non-lethal weapons, they were restrained, police could not lawfully shoot demonstrators causing an unlawful disturbance. And when Police used batons or visible tear gas to deal with protesters they often caused injury and ended up on the Six O’clock News.

    Increasingly as police turn to non-lethal weapons they are reported on the news using Taser Guns and other supposed non-lethal weapons against Citizens when it isn’t justified, because they can. It was recently reported that police used a Taser Gun on an uncooperative 84-year old woman while she was in bed.

    Police now have Ray Guns that burn and soon laser beams that can temporarily flash-blind thousands of protesters. It is problematic police may unjustifiably use these non-lethal weapons to crush Citizens who lawfully demonstrate for or against any issue.

    Historically when a government or its police have been perceived by a population as suppressing free speech, crushing lawful dissent to where Citizens are afraid to protest on the street, Citizens have been driven underground, some becoming violent against any authority that represents the state. When British forces in Northern Ireland excessively used non-lethal force against Irish Catholic populations that caused many Catholics to support or join the IRA.

    Non-lethal weapons if not used appropriately by police can trigger the violence the purported non-lethal weapons were meant to stop.

  • justagirl

    you should be a plastic surgeon when you grow up. *G*

  • Iamoscir

    What the heck?

    Cops already have tasers, pepper spray, and guns to mess people up!

    Now we are letting a trigger happy ape use a joystick to cook a person?

    THIS IS WHAT OUR TAX PAYER MONEY IS GOING TO??????

    Spend it on rehabilitating the prisoners …not using them as lab rats so they can eventually use it on everyday citizens.

  • Iamoscir

    What the heck?

    Cops already have tasers, pepper spray, and guns to mess people up!

    Now we are letting a trigger happy ape use a joystick to cook a person?

    THIS IS WHAT OUR TAX PAYER MONEY IS GOING TO??????

    Spend it on rehabilitating the prisoners …not using them as lab rats so they can eventually use it on everyday citizens.

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