It’s been a “less lethal” day here at TTAG. Which is how we like it. First the taser discussion, and now beanbags. Only one problem. If you’re going to shoot beanbags from your shotgun, you have to remember to load the gun with beanbags. Not buckshot…
That detail seems to have eluded a 15-year Portland police veteran. According to the video report, each cop carries two shotguns. One conventional gun that’s loaded with buckshot and one that’s loaded with beanbags. Not only are the rounds color coded, but the guns are, too.
The officer in question seems to have mixed things up. Slightly. He was trying to subdue a drunk who was hassling kids at a playground and fired a live round rather than the beanbag he intended. Oops.
It’s not clear from the report if he picked up the wrong gun or mistakenly loaded a live round in the designated beanbag gun. In any case, Portland cops seem to have their trouble with beanbag guns.
Fortunately, the suspect will recover. He was only struck with five pellets in the hip. Which makes you wonder exactly where the cop was aiming.