The Ferguson, Missouri Police Department — yes, that Ferguson — has become the first department to undergo training with a new gun attachment known as The Alternative. The attachment, described by Alternative CEO Christian Ellis as an “airbag for a bullet,” is intended to provide an alternative to lethal force, giving a suspect a second chance to live.
By attaching the neon orange device, an officer adds a sort of cushion to the next bullet fired from his gun. A bullet fired with The Alternative attached can still be lethal, but it could often mean the difference between life and death for a suspect fired upon by police.
The company recently wrapped up their first-ever police training for use of The Alternative in Ferguson. The city’s police department, now notorious for the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, is considering buying it.
For a better understanding of how The Alternative works, and how it could change modern policing, watch the video above.