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Power, violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon or against a person or thing. Power dynamically considered, that is, in motion or in action; constraining power, compulsion; strength directed to an end. Commonly the word occurs in such connections as to show that unlawful or wrongful action is meant, e.g., forcible entry.

Power statically considered, that is, at rest, or latent, but capable of being called into activity upon occasion for its exercise. Efficacy; legal validity. This is the meaning when we say that a statute or a contract is in force.

Reasonable force is that degree of force that is appropriate and not inordinate in defending one's person or property. A person who employs such force is justified in doing so and is neither criminally liable nor civilly liable in tort for the conduct.

Deadly Force is utilized when a person intends to cause death or serious bodily harm or when he or she recognizes personal involvement in the creation of a substantial risk that death or bodily harm will occur.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Red Cross said the Tamil forces handed over the bodies of 42 government soldiers killed in action at Pallai on Monday.
"Security forces handed over the bodies of civilians to the forensic medicine and opened an investigation into the incident," the source said./ End
QUETTA -- Iranian security forces handed over 125 Pakistani illegal immigrants to Levies force at Pak-Iran borders in Taftan area Chaghi district.
According to the Deputy Mayor of Nahhalin Hani Fannoun, the Israeli occupation forces handed over five halt of construction notices to homes being built in the areas of Sabiha al-Fawqa and Wad al-Nu'man.
QUETTA -- Iranian security forces handed over 70 Pakistani nationals to Levies force at Pak-Iran border in Taftan area of Chaghi district.
KUWAIT - Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdulmalak Al-Mikhlafi announces that the coalition forces handed over to his government 54 children recruited by Houthis.
Head of Iskaka village council Samir Haris Wednesday said that Israeli forces handed him new notices that they plan to seize new land plots in the village east of Salfit.
DIWANIYA / Aswat al-Iraq: US forces handed over today Echo military base in Diwaniya to the Iraqi military 8th.
Summary: Seven MPs from the March 14 Forces handed a letter to President Michel Sleiman urging him to stand against all attempts to naturalize Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant said to be connected to Al Qaeda, is believed to be behind a series of coordinated attacks on the police and security forces that killed 100 people days before US forces handed over power June 28.
The source told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that "the security forces arrested three elements of Daesh of the infiltrators from the Syrian-Iraqi border in the district of Baaj, 120 km west of Mosul." In a related context, the security forces found the body of an unidentified young man in the Ayyadiyah area, 60 km west of Mosul " "The security forces handed over the body to the forensic medicine in Mosul to be identified by its relatives," the source said./ End
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement construction activities in the northern West Bank, told WAFA Israeli forces handed notices ordering the demolition of a newly built house and a park under construction located along the Jenin-Nablus Rd.