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POLICE USE OF NON-LETHAL WEAPONS

There is a wide variety of weapons which are now available for self defense as well as for the use of police when tackling dangerous perpetrators. While some ***** used particularly to inflict lethal harm to the attacker o*****rs aim at only detracting the perpetr*****or from causing any ***** to the victim. The use of non lethal weapons by ***** police h***** been a subject for debate for some time now because it has become obvious that technology enables the law enforcement forces to use in their missions different means that are not ***** for the human life.

***** main points of discussion referring to the use of non lethal weapons by the police can be seen in ***** actual discussion over police legitimacy. More precisely, it is considered ***** nowadays no individual or state ent*****y has the right ***** apply force by all means. In this sense, one can consider the actual *****ion of police legitimacy in order to see the way in which the community can be split ***** discussing the matter ***** non lethal ***** of enforcing the *****. In ***** end, the matter is reduced to the right of ***** police to ***** ***** harm. Therefore, from a theoretical point ***** view, ***** ***** can be understood as "public recognition of the policymaker's authority" as well as the result of an "agreement" (Mondak, 1994, 677). More precisely, "legitimacy exists when the citizen approves of a policy's subst*****ce" that is when the ***** ***** identify with the core nature of the law enforcement practice (Mondak, 1994, *****).

Given the fact that there are more and ***** c*****es ***** ab*****s being revealed at the level of the police work, ***** debate on whether the police ***** legitimate to use lethal force against people, regardless of their *****fence, is thus fueled. Cases of police ab***** stirred the controversy over the excessive use of fire arms in ***** activities. ***** this sense, ***** of ***** cases ***** drew the attention of ***** media as well as the ***** was ***** Da Silva case in which Kurt Da Silva ***** killed "by a Pawtucket, Rhode Island police *****ficer after a low-speed c*****r chase. DeSilva, who was unarmed, was suspected of driving a stolen c*****r" (America Civil Liberties Union, 1997). This comes to prove the fact that indeed action must be taken in ***** ***** prevent abuses ***** the police, no ***** ***** difficult circumstances the law en*****ment authorities are faced *****.

A*****ther aspect ***** is relevant for the ***** is ***** doctr*****e of the proportionality of pun*****hment. More *****, "an agent who is guilty ***** (********** responsible for" murder must be punished ***** death" (Corlett, 2001, 51). Despite the fact that the example offered by Corlett and cited from Kant is radical, in general terms it can be said that one of the basic principles of the ***** is represented by the proportionality of ***** punishment that is the ***** must ***** proportional to the wrong

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