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Anderson, CA -- Instead of body cams or training on how to deal with the mentally ill, cops in California are getting nunchuck lessons -- seriously.

Although the origin of the nunchucks is unclear, they can be traced back to Okinawan martial arts. The nunchucks or nunchaku are largely ineffective against most other weapons, which made them historically unpopular. But that's not stopping the Anderson police department from picking up these ancient tethered sticks.

While the idea of a cop with nunchucks seems hilarious, (seriously, we're dying over here), it serves to illustrate a powerful point. Instead of police departments studying the causes of crime, like the war on drugs and recidivism, they are only looking at novel ways to attack the symptoms; in an entirely goofy and inefficient manner at that.

KRCR News reports:

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Sgt. Casey Day was recently certified to use nunchucks for the Anderson Police Department. He explained the different ways they can be used to help law enforcement.

He said they can be used to hit, strike, jab and take someone down. They can also be used as a restraint to lock someone's hand, elbow or ankle.

Another ironic facet to this ridiculous endeavor by the Anderson police department is that nunchucks are illegal in California -- seriously they are.

While it is perfectly legal to own two sticks and a rope, the second you attach the three items, you become a criminal -- unless of course, you are above the law, like cops.

"These were kind of designed with a different goal in mind to be more of a control weapon, but like I said, it's not like we can't use these as an impact weapon," Day explained, in what looks like a story from The Onion. "They work really good as an impact weapon, but we try to emphasize a control tool over impact."

The Free Thought Project dreads seeing the first video of a cop attempting a Bruce Lee-like maneuver on a 75-year-old woman having a stroke.