TEMPE, Arizona, May 6, 2021 — Wrap Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “WRAP”) (Nasdaq: WRAP), a global leader in innovative public safety technologies and services, released new bodycam footage of a successful BolaWrap deployment in Pennsylvania.
On April 15, 2021, Northern York County Regional Police Department (NYCRPD) responded to a call from a local motel of a female guest being disruptive and behaving erratically. Motel staff requested the police remove the guest from the property.
Upon entering the open motel room, the responding officer advised the subject that motel management had requested that she leave the premises. The subject was immediately combative and belligerent. The subject stood on the bed and failed to respond to the officer’s verbal commands and attempts to de-escalate the situation. The officer deployed the BolaWrap, successfully wrapping the subject.
“The BolaWrap deployment immediately de-escalated the situation and took the subject down from a very agitated state to where she questioned what struck her, giving the officer more than enough time to move in and take her into custody,” said Chief David Lash of NYCRPD during an interview with WRAP. “We didn’t have to use any other weapons, such as a nightstick or pepper spray, which rely on pain. In this video, the important part is you never hear the woman say ‘ouch’ – she had no wounds on her whatsoever. We were able to take her into custody with no pain to her, no injury to the officers, and no need for medical care or decontamination or anything else that we would have used with any other tool.
“We don’t believe the BolaWrap is a use-of-force. We define it as a remote restraint device – another technique to take somebody into custody without using force. On our use-of-force continuum, the BolaWrap is placed before force even begins.”
The NYCRPD began carrying BolaWrap devices in March of 2021 after an extensive testing and evaluation period.
“Unlike previously released bodycam videos showing BolaWrap deployments outdoors, this is our first shared footage of BolaWrap use on someone indoors and at an elevated position, creating greater risk for the responding officer,” said Mike Rothans, Chief Strategy Officer at WRAP and retired Assistant Sheriff of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “The video highlights the versatility of the BolaWrap device – not only did it restrain the subject’s arm, but the deployment also created a distraction, giving the officer ample time to control the subject without the need for a pain compliance tool and without causing any injury.”
Additional bodycam videos of the BolaWrap in use can be viewed here.