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Qualitative Report, v18 Article 26 2013

Over the last several decades, "Tasers," "stun guns" and other conducted energy devices (CEDs) have become a widely adopted, though publicly controversial, form of police restraint technology. While there is a growing body of research on the physiological effects of these types of weapons, less attention has been devoted to the social effects of this technology. This paper draws on in-depth interviews with a stratified random sample of police training officers from two states (n=27) to explore the effect that community controversy over the use of CEDs has had on police organizational practices. In particular, we explore how police training officers: (a) Represent the sources of recent community controversies relating to CEDs; (b) Characterize the effects that community controversy has on officer practices and policy development. (Contains 6 tables.)

Descriptors: Weapons, Police, Attitudes, Interviews, Community Attitudes, Social Problems, Misconceptions, Safety, Injuries, Mass Media Effects, Activism, Police Community Relationship, Qualitative Research

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Author: De Angelis, Joseph; Wolf, Brian

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=884&id=EJ1005496



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