7.2.4 Violent Abuse of State Power
All States use force to enforce the law, but some use disproportionate force against their own population – sometimes citing the need to protect society against a dangerous threat. As it is outside the framework of governance, State abuse of force is classified here as a form of Ungoverned Power.
The following sub-sections examine the use of torture (126.96.36.199), the use of disproportionate military force (188.8.131.52), and public reactions to a State’s violent abuse of its power (184.108.40.206).
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