Stephen Coleman

Non-lethal weapons, a moral hazard?

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Filmed Jan 2011 at TEDxCanberra
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Pepper spray, tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets — these "non-lethal" weapons are being used by more and more local police forces, as well as military forces brought in to control civilian crowds and other situations. Despite their name, non-lethal weapons have been known to cause deaths ... and as Stephen Coleman suggests, there are other, more insidious hazards as well. He explores the complex ethics — and the unexpected consequences — of using non-lethal weapons to control civilians.

Stephen Coleman
/ Ethicist

Stephen Coleman studies applied ethics, particularly the ethics of military and police force, and their application to human rights.  Full bio.

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