BP Adams wants NYPD to consider new tool for emotionally disturbed people

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling on the NYPD to consider new technology to deal with emotionally disturbed people without resorting to potentially lethal force.

A BolaWrap is a nonlethal device that ties up people as a way to de-escalate a tense situation.

Citing the NYPD's own numbers released last year, Adams says officers responded to nearly 150,000 calls involving a person in mental crisis.

He says the BolaWrap is being assessed in police departments nationwide, including in New York. He wants the NYPD to start a pilot program with the tool. The NYPD commissioner says it's a possibility.

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