Dallas police to get new non-lethal weapon

Dallas police officers will soon be armed with new, non-lethal weapons. It gives officers another option, especially when dealing with dangerous but mentally ill people.

The weapons will fire sponge-tipped bullets that can knock down a person but not inflict fatal injuries.

Police said it feels like being hit by a baseball.

“That way if an officer approaches from behind and all they see is somebody up like this, they’ll know that it’s not a lethal weapon. Let’s say a rifle or a handgun, but it’s a less lethal option in play,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Cotner with the Dallas Police Department.

Money for the new weapons will be raised by a private police support group called Safer Dallas, Better Dallas.