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(USA Today)   Louisville Slugger ends sales of nightsticks for police amid protests. In other news, Louisville Slugger made police nightsticks   (usatoday.com) divider line
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2020-06-14 12:23:57 PM  
I assumed it was called a baton 
Bart goes for a Police Ride Along
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2020-06-14 12:30:49 PM  
We took the tour in Louisville. They didn't mention making those.
 
2020-06-14 12:35:19 PM  

edmo: We took the tour in Louisville. They didn't mention making those.


I can see why they wouldn't. One is a wooden club that is a historic symbol of segregation and racial oppression in the US, the other's a nightstick.

Practically the same thing.
 
2020-06-14 2:10:57 PM  
No big surprise, their factory has the perfect setup for it. The (delightful) surprise is that they stopped. That's not very capitalist of them, but it is pretty ethical.
 
2020-06-14 2:12:20 PM  
We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
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2020-06-14 2:15:03 PM  
How fitting.
 
2020-06-14 2:16:48 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
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Or as frat boys call them, "sexual assault assistance devices."
 
2020-06-14 2:17:47 PM  
 
2020-06-14 2:18:14 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
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Those were pretty useful for "busting knuckles" back in the day.

What the hell else were they expecting 7-13 yo kids to do with them?
 
2020-06-14 2:23:04 PM  
Non-lethal, or less lethal, weapons have no business in police hands. Only lethal weapons may be used.
 
2020-06-14 2:23:56 PM  
I'm about to get a lathe.  Wonder how much they pay for them.
 
2020-06-14 2:25:47 PM  
Great now they'll have to resort to modified toilet roll holders.  We all know where that leads.
 
2020-06-14 2:27:55 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
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Or as frat boys call them, "sexual assault assistance devices."


It's not gay if it's sadistic, bro!
 
2020-06-14 2:29:07 PM  
Well there is nothing like the crack of the baton against a suspects head when the season starts in the spring.
 
2020-06-14 2:51:32 PM  

KidKorporate: Gyrfalcon: Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
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Or as frat boys call them, "sexual assault assistance devices."

It's not gay if it's sadistic, bro!


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2020-06-14 2:52:15 PM  

groppet: Well there is nothing like the crack of the baton against a suspects head when the season starts in the spring.


The roar of the bystanders as the baton breaks in two and the perp's teeth go flying is about as American as it gets
 
2020-06-14 2:53:32 PM  

Mister Buttons: Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
Those were pretty useful for "busting knuckles" back in the day.
What the hell else were they expecting 7-13 yo kids to do with them?


Launching GI Joes. I hope Toy Story isn't real because I put those guys through a lot.
 
2020-06-14 2:54:25 PM  

Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
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Keep one of those by the bed in case my nightmares become corporeal.
 
2020-06-14 3:01:06 PM  
They look nice but I wouldn't want to be on the business end of them.
 
2020-06-14 3:05:14 PM  
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A Jose Canseco nightstick? Tell me, you didn't pay money for this right?
 
2020-06-14 3:11:25 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: I'm about to get a lathe.  Wonder how much they pay for them.


Please remember to wear gloves and long sleeves for safety.
 
2020-06-14 3:12:40 PM  
More 'merican jobs to be outsourced to China OR will those metal collapsible batons be adopted? (probably also from China)
 
2020-06-14 3:14:49 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: I'm about to get a lathe.  Wonder how much they pay for them.


I was going to say, am I awful for thinking first and foremost "Damn, this is an opportunity..."
 
2020-06-14 3:15:57 PM  
I'll stick with my muddler, then.
 
2020-06-14 3:22:18 PM  

Flappyhead: [Fark user image image 425x283]

A Jose Canseco nightstick? Tell me, you didn't pay money for this right?


Took me a second, but that's a diorama/figure display/ whatever it's called, not a movie still, right?

/screen grabs of 80s movies shot on film don't look that clean
//also Ralph's trench coat is all wrong
 
2020-06-14 3:33:16 PM  

grinding_journalist: Flappyhead: [Fark user image image 425x283]

A Jose Canseco nightstick? Tell me, you didn't pay money for this right?

Took me a second, but that's a diorama/figure display/ whatever it's called, not a movie still, right?

/screen grabs of 80s movies shot on film don't look that clean
//also Ralph's trench coat is all wrong


I'm trying to figure out if its a really detailed toy as well.
 
2020-06-14 3:37:11 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
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Or as frat boys call them, "sexual assault assistance devices."


or military police. or so I have heard.
 
2020-06-14 3:37:33 PM  
Well I guess the police could switch to metal batons. Way harder to break those on hippies.
 
2020-06-14 3:38:32 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Mister Buttons: Colour_out_of_Space: We always called them "Souvenir Bats."
Those were pretty useful for "busting knuckles" back in the day.
What the hell else were they expecting 7-13 yo kids to do with them?

Launching GI Joes. I hope Toy Story isn't real because I put those guys through a lot.


Well, it's as real as the movie Small Soldiers is, so take that for what you will.
 
2020-06-14 3:39:03 PM  

GodComplex: Well I guess the police could switch to metal batons. Way harder to break those on hippies.


That's what maglites are for. Cops and Security.
 
2020-06-14 3:41:39 PM  
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This is a PR24. Also known as a baton.
 
2020-06-14 3:47:11 PM  
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2020-06-14 3:51:02 PM  

phedex: grinding_journalist: Flappyhead: [Fark user image image 425x283]

A Jose Canseco nightstick? Tell me, you didn't pay money for this right?

Took me a second, but that's a diorama/figure display/ whatever it's called, not a movie still, right?

/screen grabs of 80s movies shot on film don't look that clean
//also Ralph's trench coat is all wrong

I'm trying to figure out if its a really detailed toy as well.


It's a toy, Look at CJ's elbow.
 
2020-06-14 3:54:53 PM  
I'd much rather get beat down with something like a billy club rather than a telescoping steel baton.

/Knew a Security Forces guy that was called on a teenage shoplifter
//Kid ran, Sec Forces guy swiped with his extended baton
///shattered the kid's knee cap
 
2020-06-14 4:09:12 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: I'm about to get a lathe.  Wonder how much they pay for them.


Article says they were getting $60.   I suppose to somebody that wanted one, that would be a good price.  If you love cops and H-B.  I don't know if they made "regular" billy clubs (i.e. non-promotional / non-branded)
 
2020-06-14 4:09:54 PM  

Tenatra: I'd much rather get beat down with something like a billy club rather than a telescoping steel baton.

/Knew a Security Forces guy that was called on a teenage shoplifter
//Kid ran, Sec Forces guy swiped with his extended baton
///shattered the kid's knee cap


Amateur. My uncle was a Kern County deputy in the '40s & '50s and he could take away your will to resist with his sap and not even leave a mark. He'd twist your wrist a little and give your nerve cluster a little tap and your whole arm would go numb. My mom was PISSED when he taught me that.
 
2020-06-14 4:15:22 PM  

drewogatory: Tenatra: I'd much rather get beat down with something like a billy club rather than a telescoping steel baton.

/Knew a Security Forces guy that was called on a teenage shoplifter
//Kid ran, Sec Forces guy swiped with his extended baton
///shattered the kid's knee cap

Amateur. My uncle was a Kern County deputy in the '40s & '50s and he could take away your will to resist with his sap and not even leave a mark. He'd twist your wrist a little and give your nerve cluster a little tap and your whole arm would go numb. My mom was PISSED when he taught me that.


Relaxing the height and fitness requirements on police officers probably increased the average cop's dependence on weapons when situations turned physical ... lots of little factors contributed to our current status and struggles.
 
2020-06-14 4:21:10 PM  
I remember seeing something on NextDoor about the local hooligans favoring miniature bats. I guess I don't see the usefullness of them. Batons are more plausible.
 
2020-06-14 4:23:35 PM  
KamikazeCraig:
Relaxing the height and fitness requirements on police officers probably increased the average cop's dependence on weapons when situations turned physical ... lots of little factors contributed to our current status and struggles.

My son had a friend back in Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts who, the only thing he wanted to be when he got older was a police officer.  Unfortunately he never really grew beyond 5'6" & maybe 120#.  We all agreed that 'if' he ever became on he'd be shooting people right & left as every drunken hillbilly that he would pull over would think "I could take him..."

/24 now & last I heard was still applying to any city/county/state that would send him an application
 
2020-06-14 4:28:50 PM  

drewogatory: Amateur. My uncle was a Kern County deputy in the '40s & '50s and he could take away your will to resist with his sap and not even leave a mark. He'd twist your wrist a little and give your nerve cluster a little tap and your whole arm would go numb. My mom was PISSED when he taught me that.


I'm sure he learned some other tactics since then. 🤣 Scared him away from ever wanting to use it again - it was his first run in with grabbing for it, he didn't realize how much power was packed into that little ball on the end with his extended reach.
 
2020-06-14 4:31:13 PM  

Recoil Therapy: /24 now & last I heard was still applying to any city/county/state that would send him an application


I had a family member who tried that.  He kept getting rejected because his grades were too good and his IQ test came back too high.

... no, this isn't a joke, it's a literal recounting of factual events according to the rejection letters and the explicit policies of some of the places he applied too.

// Amusingly, he's a lawyer now.  Specifically a criminal defense lawyer after a brief stint in a DA's office.  So... yeah, that's about the level of self-defeating stupid that the cops are at in this country.
 
2020-06-14 4:34:12 PM  

Mole Man: phedex: grinding_journalist: Flappyhead: [Fark user image image 425x283]

A Jose Canseco nightstick? Tell me, you didn't pay money for this right?

Took me a second, but that's a diorama/figure display/ whatever it's called, not a movie still, right?

/screen grabs of 80s movies shot on film don't look that clean
//also Ralph's trench coat is all wrong

I'm trying to figure out if its a really detailed toy as well.

It's a toy, Look at CJ's elbow.


I always do.
 
2020-06-14 5:04:47 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Recoil Therapy: /24 now & last I heard was still applying to any city/county/state that would send him an application

I had a family member who tried that.  He kept getting rejected because his grades were too good and his IQ test came back too high.

... no, this isn't a joke, it's a literal recounting of factual events according to the rejection letters and the explicit policies of some of the places he applied too.

// Amusingly, he's a lawyer now.  Specifically a criminal defense lawyer after a brief stint in a DA's office.  So... yeah, that's about the level of self-defeating stupid that the cops are at in this country.


That is the problem. They don't want critical thinkers, they want binary thinkers who will act upon training, not think about things. Plus they are afraid that you will leave soon.
 
2020-06-14 5:15:26 PM  
Back in the day they could use their five-cell MagLite as backup, but they've all adopted wimpy LED flashlights.
 
2020-06-14 5:26:06 PM  

phedex: grinding_journalist: Flappyhead: [Fark user image image 425x283]

A Jose Canseco nightstick? Tell me, you didn't pay money for this right?

Took me a second, but that's a diorama/figure display/ whatever it's called, not a movie still, right?

/screen grabs of 80s movies shot on film don't look that clean
//also Ralph's trench coat is all wrong

I'm trying to figure out if its a really detailed toy as well.


Yeah, it was the only clear image I could find.  Everyone from the movie was either too dark or grainy as hell.
 
2020-06-14 5:27:00 PM  

GodComplex: Well I guess the police could switch to metal batons. Way harder to break those on hippies.


Metal will get too hot to handle on sunny days at least in the south
 
2020-06-14 5:44:10 PM  

KamikazeCraig: drewogatory: Tenatra: I'd much rather get beat down with something like a billy club rather than a telescoping steel baton.

/Knew a Security Forces guy that was called on a teenage shoplifter
//Kid ran, Sec Forces guy swiped with his extended baton
///shattered the kid's knee cap

Amateur. My uncle was a Kern County deputy in the '40s & '50s and he could take away your will to resist with his sap and not even leave a mark. He'd twist your wrist a little and give your nerve cluster a little tap and your whole arm would go numb. My mom was PISSED when he taught me that.

Relaxing the height and fitness requirements on police officers probably increased the average cop's dependence on weapons when situations turned physical ... lots of little factors contributed to our current status and struggles.


Yep, I'm a smurf, but he was a big ol boy, and looking at his pictures all the other deputies were as well.
 
2020-06-14 5:45:48 PM  
It would take some tiny balls to use those bats.
 
2020-06-14 5:52:44 PM  

drewogatory: KamikazeCraig: drewogatory: Tenatra: I'd much rather get beat down with something like a billy club rather than a telescoping steel baton.

/Knew a Security Forces guy that was called on a teenage shoplifter
//Kid ran, Sec Forces guy swiped with his extended baton
///shattered the kid's knee cap

Amateur. My uncle was a Kern County deputy in the '40s & '50s and he could take away your will to resist with his sap and not even leave a mark. He'd twist your wrist a little and give your nerve cluster a little tap and your whole arm would go numb. My mom was PISSED when he taught me that.

Relaxing the height and fitness requirements on police officers probably increased the average cop's dependence on weapons when situations turned physical ... lots of little factors contributed to our current status and struggles.

Yep, I'm a smurf, but he was a big ol boy, and looking at his pictures all the other deputies were as well.


who? The guy that killed George Floyd was not big ...
 
2020-06-14 5:55:37 PM  

KamikazeCraig: drewogatory: KamikazeCraig: drewogatory: Tenatra: I'd much rather get beat down with something like a billy club rather than a telescoping steel baton.

/Knew a Security Forces guy that was called on a teenage shoplifter
//Kid ran, Sec Forces guy swiped with his extended baton
///shattered the kid's knee cap

Amateur. My uncle was a Kern County deputy in the '40s & '50s and he could take away your will to resist with his sap and not even leave a mark. He'd twist your wrist a little and give your nerve cluster a little tap and your whole arm would go numb. My mom was PISSED when he taught me that.

Relaxing the height and fitness requirements on police officers probably increased the average cop's dependence on weapons when situations turned physical ... lots of little factors contributed to our current status and struggles.

Yep, I'm a smurf, but he was a big ol boy, and looking at his pictures all the other deputies were as well.

who? The guy that killed George Floyd was not big ...


But arguably traing changed across the board due to changes in physical requirements ... just not clear who or what Smurfy Dryknife is referencing ...
 
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