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A bullet attachment that could save lives?

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THEM ANOTHER OPTION. SARA SIDNER HAS MORE. >> THIS IS THE ALTERNATIVE. >> IT'S LIKE AN AIRBAG FOR A BULLET. >> IT LOOKS LIKE A TOY THAT ATTACHES TO A REAL GUN, BUT IT'S NOTHING TO PLAY WITH. THE NEW DEVICE IS INTENDED TO GIVE A SUSPECT ONE LAST CHANCE TO LIVE. >> PUT THE KNIFE DOWN, SIR! >> Reporter: WHEN POLICE DECIDE THE SITUATION IS DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO USE LETHAL FORCE.

>> IT WAS CREATED BY A RETIRED SHERIFF'S OFFICER. HE DID NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE WERE BEING SHOT WHEN THE OFFICERS HAVE TIME, BUT NO OTHER OPTION THAN LETHAL FORCE. >> Reporter: THE MAKERS SAY IT'S FOR USE ONLY WHEN AN OFFICER HAS THREE SECONDS OR MORE TO REACT. WHAT DOES IT DO TO THE BODY? >> IT WILL BE LIKE GETTING HIT WITH A HAMMER. >> THE BULLET TRAVELS ABOUT 1/5 THE SPEED OF A BULLET. >> CAN IT KILL YOU? >> THERE'S A POSSIBILITY IT COULD KILL YOU, BUT IT'S VERY SLIGHT WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO A BULLET. >> Reporter: AFTER NINE YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT, IT'S READY.

IT COMES AS POLICE ACROSS THE COUNTRY FACE INTENSE SCRUTINY AND POST OVER THE KILLINGS OF UNARMED SUSPECTS. SO FAR, THERE IS ONLY ONE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN AMERICA THAT HAS DECIDED TO TEST THE DEVICE. FERGUSON, MISSOURI. YES, THAT FERGUSON. THE DEPARTMENT THAT BECAME THE CATALYST FOR NATIONWIDE PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE TACTICS, AFTER ITS OFFICER SHOT TO DEATH UNARMED TEENAGER MICHAEL BROWN. >> WHY IS FERGUSON LOOKING AT THIS DEVICE? >> THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE JUST HAPPENED TO RUN ACROSS. ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE OUTCRY ABOUT SAVING LIVES. EVEN LIVES OF PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO APPREHEND. THAT THIS MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT WAS WORTH LOOKING INTO. >> BUT SOME FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE HUGE RESERVATIONS ABOUT IT, SAYING IT COULD DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD, ESPECIALLY TO OFFICERS. >> THESE SITUATIONS ESCALATE VIRTUALLY INSTANTANEOUSLY. IF YOU HAD SUCH A DEVICE AVAILABLE, TO BE QUITE FRANK WITH YOU, YOU COULD NOT TRANSITION TO LETHAL FORCE FAST ENOUGH TO SAVE YOUR LIFE. >> THE MAKERS OF THE ALTERNATIVE SAY THEIR TESTS SHOWS OTHERWISE. THE DEVICE ONLY WORKS FOR THE FIRST SHOT. INTENDED TO STOP, NOT KILL A SUSPECT.

BUT IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, THE GUN IS READY TO FIRE LETHAL ROUNDS IN A SPLIT SECOND. EVERYTHING DISENGAGES FROM THE WEAPON AND THE OFFICER IS READY TO GO WITH THE BULLETS WHEN NEEDED. >> HOWEVER THE DEVICE HAS NOT BEEN TESTED IN REAL-LIFE SITUATIONS ON REAL HUMAN BEINGS. WITH THE OUTCRY OF POLICE TACTICS, FOR NOW, IT'S.

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