I always think it’s funny when I read local LA news on websites with more of a national focus. I was scrolling through Engadget today and saw (via the New Zealand Herald, of all places?) that our police officers are getting…new flashlights! Holy crap, stop the presses. I suppose the story isn’t all that noteworthy but the fact that everyone seems to be really interested in is that the new flashlights aren’t heavy enough to beat people with. They ARE apparently bright enough to dazzle the criminals into submission though…or maybe just distract them long enough until the police can pull out their batons and prepare for a pummelin’. It’s sad that it’s at least somewhat newsworthy that our cops are no longer physically capable of beating people with their flashlights.
That being said, the new light is kind of rad though, it’s a super-bright Pelican 7060. I kinda want one too, and little did I know, but Pelican is actually based not too far away in Torrance. Despite the cops picking up this bright shiny piece, and my own tendency to be distracted by all things bright and shiny, I think I’m gonna keep rocking the 4 D-cell maglite in my car. I think I still trust the stopping power of a thump on the head over the shiny bright lights.