Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/23/robot_cop_vanquished/

Man vanquishes robot cop in hand-to-hand combat

Droid 'hurled through door', fleshies mete out beanbag justice

By Lewis Page

Posted in Science, 23rd January 2012 15:18 GMT

The ongoing Rise of the Machines to their inevitable dominance over humanity faltered last week, when a police robot tangled with a human being in hand to hand combat - and was handed a severe beating.

The mechanical law officer in question had been sent into a home in Connecticut to deal with an unnamed man, reportedly a former boyfriend of a woman living there, who had arrived and refused to leave.

The obstreperous ex-boyf - who police say had gone to sleep and was rudely awakened by the droid's entrance - dealt with the tin cop harshly, "throwing the robot out the front door", according to the local Republican-American.

Fleshy colleagues of the defeated law-bot, evidently unwilling to tangle mano-a-mano with an opponent who could overpower a cutting-edge enforcement mechanoid, were compelled to use "beanbag" riot projectiles to bring him down. (In fairness to the human cops one should note that the man was reportedly armed with a shotgun.)

Having been successfully beanbagged into submission, the man was subsequently cuffed and conveyed to the local cooler. The tin cop is expected to return to duty after repairs. ®