NYPD looking at futuristic weapons technology

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is looking into futuristic technology that would allow officers’ guns to recognize one another. It is aimed at avoiding the type of shooting that killed a plainclothes police officer in Harlem last week.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has compiled a list of department initiatives that would help avoid officer confrontations.

The NYPD is in talks with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the possibility of adapting such technology. Officers’ guns would be implanted with a chip that would send a signal to another gun.

The research is preliminary.

Officer Omar Edwards was chasing a burglary suspect on May 28 with his weapon drawn when other officers in plainclothes came upon the scene. Edwards was fatally shot by an officer.


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