Use Of Non Lethal Weapons By Law Enforcement

2005 Words Sep 11th, 2016 9 Pages
Chris Vertrees
CRIJ-101 - 003W
Instructor. Newberry
August 25, 2016
Use of Non-Lethal Weapons by Law Enforcement.

The use of less-lethal force by law enforcement personnel started in the “1960s during the civil rights and anti-war movements” (Wilson 218). These movements assisted tin creating situations in which large groups of people were coming into contact with law enforcement. Given the emotional status to these situations, violent encounters started becoming more widespread. As such, less lethal methods of crowd/riot control became the focus for law enforcement. At the time, chemical agents/irritants were the most frequently used method to control riots. Other less than lethal weapons, but not limited to are, wooden, rubber, and bean-bag bullets/rounds, were also being introduced, but given restrictions on law enforcement budgets, these suffered from the lack of testing before being used.
However, the term "non-lethal" is and has been used by most manufacturers to describe these types of weapons. It is significant to distinguish that the term "less lethal" is more suitable, as there has been an unknown number of unreported and reported deaths following the use of these weapons. Although the less lethal options offer a safer substitute to the traditional use of force, it would be hard to create any weapon as less-then-lethal under all situations, given the many different situations that these methods may be used in.
The two primary uses of force principles are common…
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