Police Use of Less Lethal Force: Does Administrative Policy Matter?

  title={Police Use of Less Lethal Force: Does Administrative Policy Matter?},
  author={William Terrill and Eugene A. Paoline},
  journal={Justice Quarterly},
  pages={193 - 216}
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