- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Rockford police officers will train this summer to use less lethal “bean bag” rounds that are capable of knocking someone to the ground long enough to be taken into custody.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/29iJ2tS ) that dozens of officers will be trained to use shotguns loaded with the rounds. The less lethal shells are loaded with a bean bag containing lead pellets.

The department has owned shotguns that can fire the rounds for several years, but they were kept by supervisors. Soon front line officers with training will be allowed to use the roughly 20 shotguns owned by the department that are used for firing the rounds.

The department expects that 50 to 60 officers will be trained and qualified to use the shotguns by August.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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