Brattleboro, VT - A lawsuit brought against four Brattleboro police officers by a pair of protesters who were stunned with Tasers two years ago was dismissed Monday by the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont. Through their attorney, David Sleigh of Sleigh and Williams in St. Johnsbury, Jonathan Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray contended that the officers used excessive force when they used Tasers to evict them from private property, which violated their Fourth Amendment rights. [LINK]
Let's review force the noun versus force the verb:
"When police efforts to cajole them into leaving the lot failed, they used Tasers to force compliance."
Read the above sentence very very very carefully and then answer the following question: Is the word "force" in the above sentence a noun or a verb?
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy in his decision wrote, "The plaintiffs ... could have avoided the use of force entirely by complying with a lawful order."
Read the above quotation very very very carefully and then answer the following question: Is the word "force" in the above quotation a noun or a verb?
The next mental exercise would be to replace the nifty taser with the glowing end of a lit cigarette. What's the difference?
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