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What are 'knee knockers'?

37 mm British Army rubber bullet, as used in Northern Ireland (Source: Andy Dingley) 37 mm British Army rubber bullet, as used in Northern Ireland (Source: Andy Dingley)
Two rounds of Fiocchi 12 gauge rubber buckshot Two rounds of Fiocchi 12 gauge rubber buckshot
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Police used what they call "knee knockers" to apprehend a suspect during a standoff at Scott High School on Monday.  So what exactly are "knee knockers," and how are they used?

Police use a variety of forms of non-lethal force to end standoffs or disperse unruly crowds. Tear gas and mace are the most commonly used, but police also use non-metal bullets to subdue subjects without causing serious injury.

These projectiles, sometimes called "knee knockers" because of the way they bounce and hit a suspect in the legs, can be made of foam, rubber or wood. Police also fire cloth bags filled with plastic or foam beans.

The projectiles are usually between one and three inches in diameter. A person stuck by a ‘knee knocker' will suffer severe pain directly after being hit and bruising in the affected area, but rarely more serious injuries.

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