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A juvenile delinquent speeds away from police in a stolen car. If you
could get in front of him, you might deploy one of those tire-shreddy
things, but let's suppose you can't get in front of him.
Instead, you call in a truck-mounted launcher, which engulfs the
speeding vehicle in an adhesive,
elastic, transparent gel. This both
slows it down and reduces the damage resulting from any collisions.
The driver is grossed out, and more likely to abandon the vehicle.
Accidental suffocation of nearby pedestrians is to be minimised by
Hagfish have this covered
[MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 16 2017]
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||Perhaps some police-trained hagfish? <link>
||// Accidental suffocation of nearby pedestrians is to be minimised by stringent training. //
||How ? Is it going to be part of the school curriculum ? How are you going to train the adult pedestrians ?
||Of course, if the pedestrians are just unarmed black people, you needn't worry about casualties ...
||Well, you've got the right idea, but the application needs refinement. You can't get in front of him but you have time to call in a truck mounted launcher? Please slap your screenwriter for me.
||Oh, and preheated for pedestrians, loogie-gun in "Snowcrash" by Neal Stephenson.
||This is also a standard weapon in game mechanics
and bugs. Spit is very common.