To further good relations with the public, Los Angeles police will be issued plastic toy Star Wars light sabers with which to fight crime. These are classified as a 'non-lethal weapon'.
After a Guatamalen man was found threatening passers by with a knife and tried to attack police with that knife, he was shot to death. Many then took to the streets in protest insisting that a non-lethal weapon should have been used against the knife weilding man because as we all know knives are never lethal. The protestors threw bottles at police and lit trash cans on fire because people know it is very important to defend our knife weilding population from any and all trouble.
What is the world coming to when a man cannot threaten people on the street with a knife? Where are our rights! Where is the right of protest and freedom of expression when you can no longer rush at police with a knife?
To show sensitivity to the criminal population and their supporters, police will now use non-lethal weapons to fight crime.