23 Sep 2011
TED Talk: The Moral Dangers of Non-Lethal Weapons
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 Dr 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.