Sample Criminal Law Paper on Weapons and The use of force

The use of the electronic stun devices is compared to be much safer on the target, since it will not create a permanent effect on the target. A victim in this case, usually experiences a disrupt in the electrical system of his brain, causing the victim to lose muscle control for a few minutes. However, from most people, the use of these devices has proved to be a great deterrent to crime, due to its availability and simplicity to use it (Verstappen, S. H. 2010, 124).

The use of these devices by security personnel has, however, been of a positive impact. For instance, a security person manning inmates in a prison and perhaps an inmate starts to cause chaos, the use of this device will be effective since it may not have serious injuries to the inmate other than the security person trying to fight the inmate, that may cause harm to him (Carlson and Garrett, 2013, p. 493).

Police officers usually value the lives of the people and in most cases, when a suspect tried to resist arrest, perhaps by trying to use a harmful device such as a gun on the police, the police, if armed with a gun, may use his skills to shoot the suspect before the suspect shoots. Therefore, by the use and introduction of these devices to the police, the level of injuries to both the police officers and suspects due to subduing the violent suspects without killing them (Kahn, P. N., 2006, p. 359).

The use of electronic stun devices is illegal in a number of areas and only required to be used by licensed persons such as police officers. However, most people illegally use these devices for self defense and others use them to undertake criminal acts. For instance, a robber would tend to use the device to steal from others. It is therefore something that has a positive impact to the society, but has been used to harm others and cause a public disturbance (Warlow, T., 1996, p. 205).

The need to put in place serious punishment to persons misusing the electronic stun device is vital, to ensure that the licensed persons only use them for the right purposes. The devices should be used on an actively resisting person, the device should be used in one standard cycle, and not more than one officer should use the device on one person. Therefore, by putting strict guideline for anyone misusing the device, it will reduce the chances of the devices being misused (Ferdico, J., Fradella, H., and Totten, C. 1996, p. 258).

The use of these devices to some extent could be harmful to people. Due to the effects this device is caused to the brain system, it may cause a limited psychological and physical effect that may affect a persons normality. However, the person using it could also be at risk since they need to be much closer to the victim to work the device on them. This could be much time compared to the dangerous a victim could make (National Research Council, 2001, p. 50).

The use of a stun gun, does not usually take immediate effect as the researchers say. This could allow the attacker an unbelievable time to pull and shoot a gun or cause damage to the victim (Elwins, D. 2010, p. 14). Therefore procedure and training should be introduced to licensed users of these devices, to avoid careless mistakes made.

From the available laws concerning police officers that govern their duties and responsibilities, a person’s life is highly valuable, and they need to apply all means possible to ensure that they apprehend suspects without killing them. However, through the use of the devices, less fatal killings have been happening. Therefore being mindful of the law is important for the officers (Jackson, V. E 2010, p. 26).


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