Afghan anti-riot policemen pose for photo at their base in Kabul
Afghan anti-riot policemen (R-L) Habib, 21, Sayed Rahman, 22, Mohammad Nabi, 22, Momin Khan, 22, and Abdul Ali, 25, pose for photo at their base in Kabul October 12, 2014. When the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, in August sparked sometimes violent protests, the response of police in camouflage gear and armoured vehicles wielding stun grenades and assault rifles seemed more like a combat operation than a public order measure. Some U.S. police departments have recently acquired U.S. military-surplus hardware from wars abroad, but there are many law enforcers around the world whose rules of engagement also allow the use of lethal force with relatively few restrictions. But for every regulation that gives police wide scope to use firearms, there is another code that sharply limits their use. In Afghanistan, "the police can use weapons or explosives against a group of people only if they it has ... disturbed security by means of arms, and if the use of other means of force ... has proved ineffective". Afghan police are required to give no fewer than six warnings - three verbal and three warning shots - before using force in this situation. Picture taken October 12. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW SOCIETY PORTRAIT)
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