Pepper Spray: The Fourth Level Of Force

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The fourth level is the hard-control technique. Typically, this level of force is used when the suspect is violence or threatening to the officer. Before the officer can even move forward with this level, it is presumed the previous levels of the continuum were considered useless. Tear gas can be used during this level, propelled or even hand thrown. Most officers are involved with pepper spray. When dealing with the pepper spray, acting as a defense weapon, the pepper spray needs to be focused on the suspects face for successful results. Though this type of technique may produce successful results for the officer, this type of technique can cause tissue damage or bone fractures, or even irritation to the skin and eyes.
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