Japanese police think they can use paintball guns to stop criminals

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    Cops in Shizuoka Prefecture show the press their new “color ball” launchers, which shoot non-lethal paintballs at criminals:


    The paint is supposed to be hard to remove, making it easy for other cops and the general public to identify criminals fleeing a crime scene.

    It has a laser pointer to help with aiming, but as the video clip shows, the police officers still need to spend some time at the shooting rage. Somehow a slow-moving motorbike evades their aim, and a parked car is hit instead.

    Update: Gizmodo has picked up this story, and one of their readers has provided some very insightful commentary.

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