Police Use of Force: A Global Perspective is a fascinating, international exploration of police use of force, firearms, and less-than-lethal weapons in nations around the world. The book is comprised of three sections: the first focuses on the use of force generally, the second explores firearms and deadly force, and the final section considers less-than-lethal weapons, including pepper spray, TASERs, and other emerging technologies currently on the horizon. The essays gathered here will provide readers with an understanding of the vast differences in how police use force in various countries, as well as why police use force differently under different forms of government. Topics covered include use-of-force definitions, training procedures, policy issues, abuse of police authority, use of force during interrogations, and the use of firearms by armed and unarmed police forces. Finally, there is an essay focusing on how shooting and killing a suspect impacts an officer in the months and years that follow. "From the publisher"
The policing of protest is complex, uncertain, and problematic. Contemporary Camps for Climate Action in the United Kingdom have produced a range of police attitudes and responses to changing protest events. The policing of these camps, conglomerations of affinity groups, challenges police capability both to accommodate such protests and to maintain security, control and order. This article analyses and contrasts the two most recent UK climate camps at Kingsnorth (2008) and Blackheath (2009). The case studies reveal how both internal and external inquiries have acted as catalysts for police attitudinal change for handling climate camp protests. Although police and protesters maintain some traditional mutual suspicion of each other and although the police organizational structure is an anathema to climate-campers, the article stresses the importance of meaningful dialogue and negotiation between police and protesters for the successful facilitation of peaceful protest, especially in relation to ongoing climate change dissent.