NYPD Fails to Convince Court Its Deafening Sound Cannon Is Just a ā€˜Communication Toolā€™

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the sound emitted from the NYPDā€™s Long Range Acoustic Devicesā€”portable sound cannons that blast noiseā€”could be considered a use of force, contrary to the police departmentā€™s claims. The LRAD can blast sound as loudly as 136 decibels. Thatā€™s louder than a jackhammer or a jetā€¦