Oddly, last week brought us the vitrue in lethal foce. More oddly, this week we bring you a presentation on the vices of non-lethal force.
by Ken JP Stuczynski | Feb 21, 2012 | Philosophy & Ethics, Politics & Law, Society & Culture | 1 comment
A very good treatise on a valid subject. I do however, want to disagree with one example/observation that the speaker made.
In the photo where the soldier is being ‘sprayed, the object of that exercise isn’t for the person spraying it to practice. The objective here is for the other soldier to experience the effects of spraying someone, and understand what it feels like, and what it does to a person. This is an experience that anyone who is to carry pepper spray is put through so they can understand the consequences of the action before they use it. The same is often done with police-issued tasers, and many police departments will only issue a taser to an officer after they have gone through the experience.
I think the best example of what the speaker was speaking to has been the “OCCUPY WHATEVER” protests. There have been many many cases where non-lethal (usually pepper spray) has been used in an almost blanketing/carpet bombing kind of way. There is a very real sense of ” well, it doesn’t kill, so I can just do it without serious worry of harm” type of mindset. This may be leading up to the fact that we are seeing less and less “warning” being issued by forces before implementation of these tactics.