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Pacifism is the opposition to war and violence. Does radical pacifism reject the use of violence by the police force?

See also: How is crime addressed according to (radical) pacifism?

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  • I've clarified the question, I mean the use of violence by the police. Rejecting the use of violence against the police is a lot more common than the reverse. – gerrit Dec 8 '12 at 16:17
  • Thanks @gerrit, the disconnect was on my end. Just an 'oh, duh!' moment on a Sunday evening. – Tim Post Dec 8 '12 at 16:23
  • @gerrit - Thanks for clarification. Doesn't any answer to the linked question answer this one by corollary? – user4012 Dec 8 '12 at 16:24
  • @DVK it does, but I decided to split up the question because as pointed out in the comments there, I'm not actually sure if it does. I've met people who are against police violence, but they were anarchists, not sure if they were pacifists. – gerrit Dec 8 '12 at 16:27
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    Hm... I am not an expert, but it seems to me the question would greatly benefit from either explicitly identifying specific strains of "radical pacifism", ideally by naming the main thinkers/personalities you are thinking of. As it is, there seem to be a great many people considering themselves pacifists, with extremely varying ideologies and all over the board views, making this hard to answer objectively. – user4012 Dec 9 '12 at 3:06
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Groups that avow extreme forms of pacifism — Mennonites, the Society of Friends (aka Quakers), philosophical anarcho-pacifists, etc. - reject all forms of violence, whether between states, between a state an its citizens, or between citizens. This would include police violence. Such groups usually use a community intervention model to deal with transgressors, with penalties that might range from counseling by elders to community sanctions to expulsion from the community. Generally speaking, all pacifists will hold that problems are best resolved through discussion and reparation, with the assumption that transgressors will respond appropriately to religious or philosophical arguments.

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