(Nothing to to with the DOJ's BPD report, just FYI)
I received a call from a deputy down in Louisiana.
He asked if I knew of any study looking at the effectiveness of various forms of baton. I do not. Does you? Leave a comment or, should you be deterred by that process, send me and email (my email address is toward the top of this page.)
Does anybody know of anything that compares the old-fashion straight wooden baton versus the asp versus the PR-24? (Extra credit if it includes the espantoon.)
I think the expandable baton took over much of policing because of little more than bad supervision ("I don't carry my baton," said too many cops), marketing, and a general cop of toys.
No baton was better than a Joe "Nightstick Joe" Hlafka espantoon.
I really wish I had one. One of my great regrets is not using an espantoon. I wasn't good enough at using one.