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Police Use of Non-lethal Weapons: Analysis of Real Cases

Police Use of Non-lethal Weapons: Analysis of Real Cases The PAB or “Peloton Anti-Banditisme” has been created in 1976 on the same model as the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT. The PAB is the local special police unit of the Liège Police Zone. In terms of non-lethal equipment, the unit is equipped with the FN303 rifle, OC spray, and batons. This article provides a comprehensive presentation of case reports where non-lethal weapons have been used. Eighteen cases of FN303 uses (more than 200 impacts) combined with baton and OC spray populate the database today. These cases are described and ballistically defined, and a medical outcome is given. The article helps to better define the potential limits (injuries) of non-lethal impacts. It gives some insights about the consistency between standardized laboratory tests and the real-world experience. Ultimately, the effectiveness of these systems is portrayed and discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Factors and Mechanical Engineering for Defense and Safety Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2019 by Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Subject
Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Structural Materials; Textile Engineering; Security Science and Technology
ISSN
2509-8004
eISSN
2367-2544
DOI
10.1007/s41314-019-0025-5
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Abstract

The PAB or “Peloton Anti-Banditisme” has been created in 1976 on the same model as the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT. The PAB is the local special police unit of the Liège Police Zone. In terms of non-lethal equipment, the unit is equipped with the FN303 rifle, OC spray, and batons. This article provides a comprehensive presentation of case reports where non-lethal weapons have been used. Eighteen cases of FN303 uses (more than 200 impacts) combined with baton and OC spray populate the database today. These cases are described and ballistically defined, and a medical outcome is given. The article helps to better define the potential limits (injuries) of non-lethal impacts. It gives some insights about the consistency between standardized laboratory tests and the real-world experience. Ultimately, the effectiveness of these systems is portrayed and discussed.

Journal

Human Factors and Mechanical Engineering for Defense and SafetySpringer Journals

Published: Jul 31, 2019

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