Video: Minn. cops use BolaWRAP projectile to restrain, detain man

The less-lethal device discharges an eight-foot Kevlar tether that restricts an individual’s movement

By Suzie Ziegler 

VIRGINIA, Minn. — Bodycam video from a police agency in Minnesota shows cops using a less-lethal restraint device, called a BolaWRAP, to detain a distressed subject. 

According to video released Tuesday from WRAP Technologies, the Virginia Police Department last month used the BolaWRAP to subdue a man who was suffering a mental health emergency. The technology is described as a “hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar tether to restrain an individual at a distance from 10 to 25 feet.” 

The video shows officers speaking with a man who refuses multiple commands to sit down. 

“Sit down or you’re going to get Bola’d,” an officer warns. 

The officer deploys the BolaWRAP, which pins the man’s arms to his sides. Officers then put handcuffs on the man while he’s still tethered by the BolaWRAP. 

No one was injured and the subject was taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to police.

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