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Violence begets violence. In the name of preventing violence, we have become accustomed to the use of violence. This accommodation desensitizes us as a society, and leaves many of us--particularly those in positions of power--remarkably unaware of the pain inflicted on often innocent people by the needless use of violence. Law enforcement officers must have legitimate means to protect themselves from danger. Physical restraints are sometimes a necessary tool. But fear, anger, disdain, stereotyping, and control can all distort the legitimate need for self-protection into a dangerous abuse of power that escalates a fairly ordinary event into a violent one. MORE

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