Though, someone decided to dub February 20th as “National Handcuff Day” (because there national holidays devoted to donuts, potato chips, silence, clam chowder, and the Tooth Fairy), being handcuffed is never a pleasurable experience outside of the BDSM realm. The restriction is enough to make a person lose it. Handcuffs can also cause physical problems like “Cheiralgia paresthetica, or handcuff neuropathy, happens when the radial nerve is compressed and traumatized, causing numbness or pain that can last for months.” In fact, in France, the media is not allowed to air images of people in handcuffs before being convicted.
However, somebody has taken it upon themselves to make handcuffs even worse. That “someone” was Arizona-based Scottsdale Inventions, who filed a patent for the most diabolical handcuffs yet in November 2012. As if being handcuffed wasn’t stressful enough, the new proposed handcuffs can deliver an electric shock from 20,000 to 150,000 volts for .5 to ten second intervals. The shock can be activated from up to 300 feet away. That’s not where it ends. The handcuffs also contain a movable needle that can deliver drug or gas injections into the detainee. The device will also be able to record the amount of each shock or injection. On the bright side, the cuffs will give the detainee a warning that he/she will be shocked if they don’t adjust their behavior.
Police already do horrible things to people who are handcuffed. People have been beaten, shot and raped by police while handcuffed. If these handcuffs are approved, the door is wide open for even more brutality on behalf of corrupt cops.