By JAY MARVIN, Associated PressThe electronic whistle has been in use for years in the United States, but there’s been a growing number of cases in which police officers have been accused of using the devices in the line of duty.
The ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation say there are more than 100 cases in the U.S. in which people have been charged with using the electronic whistle while working in the police department or in their homes.
The cases are mostly related to alleged misconduct by police officers, but they also include the use of the devices for personal protection, such as a police dog, a court order or a search warrant.
The use of a whistle by a police officer can cause injury or death.
In a recent case in Texas, a woman was accused of accidentally killing her 6-year-old son in March by turning on a portable electronic whistle.
She said the whistle triggered a loud explosion that injured her and caused her to lose consciousness.
A video that surfaced online shows a bystander holding the whistle as it blows out.
Police say the woman told them she thought it was a toy, but it’s not clear whether she was playing with it or had used it as a weapon.
The video, which was released by the police chief’s office, also showed the woman using the whistle to scare off an intruder who was trying to break into her home.
Police said the suspect fled the scene, but did not appear to be hurt.
In another recent case, a Virginia woman was arrested after an officer allegedly accidentally turned on a handheld whistle while investigating a domestic disturbance in June 2016.
Police later released the video showing the woman, who was not identified in the video, being led away by officers who had been following her.
Police said the woman said she thought the whistle was a gun, but an autopsy later determined that it was not.
The woman was charged with felony battery, a misdemeanor, and is awaiting trial.
A similar incident occurred in Ohio in May, when a man allegedly tried to use a whistle to frighten his estranged wife out of her home after she complained that she was being harassed by her husband, who she said had beaten her.
In this April 24, 2018, file photo, police officers stand guard near the entrance to the Cleveland Metropolitan Correctional Center in Cleveland, Ohio.AP/Evan VucciThe case in Ohio was described as a “significant incident,” and an internal investigation into the incident was launched, according to the city’s police chief.
In Washington, D.C., the use or possession of an electronic whistle by police has been reported more than 500 times since 2009, according in a report by the Washington Post.
The U.K. government recently started an investigation into a number of similar cases.
In July, a man in a white suit and tie was charged in the city of Birmingham with using a whistle while trying to arrest an accused shoplifter.
The man allegedly had an electronic device in his hand that he allegedly turned on and off to scare his accomplice out of his home, police said.
A number of incidents have been reported in the state of California, where a woman who worked in the office of Gov.
Jerry Brown was charged last year with using an electronic whip to frightens her boyfriend out of the house.