California police department going old school, adding nunchucks to their law enforcement tools

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ANDERSON, CA – Here’s a tongue-twisting riddle for you: How much chuck could a nunchuck chuck if a nunchuck could chuck chuck?

The police department in Anderson, Califronia thinks it may have the answer.

For those who may not know, nunchucks are martial arts weapons that have been around for ages.

In the wrong hands, they can be dangerous, but in the right hands, you can destroy a melon.

Why would anyone want to do that?

The Anderson police don’t want to use nuncucks as kitchen utensils, but as another non-lethal tool for subduing a suspect, one that will replace the trusty baton.

Michael Johnson is the Anderson police chief. “Its primary use is not a striking tool.  It's more of a grappling tool. You'll see it's used like chop sticks. It's used to apply pain.”

Johnson says police used nunchucks back in the eighties, but stopped because of lawsuits and the increased use of Tasers.

The chief says he considered using nunchucks after seeing the strained relationships between law enforcement and American communities.

"It doesn't hurt to add another weapon in your arsenal which is more compassionate, safer, and causes less injury."

Less injury in the right hands, of course, because, after all, using nunchucks is not always child’s play.


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