Serbian gendarmerie officers pose for a picture inside their base in Belgrade
Serbian gendarmerie officers pose for a picture inside their base in Belgrade October 9, 2014. When the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, last 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 Serbia, police may use measures ranging from batons to special vehicles, water cannon and tear gas on groups of people who have gathered illegally and are behaving in a way that is violent or could cause violence, but they may use firearms only when life is endangered. Picture taken October 9. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (SERBIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW SOCIETY POLITICS PORTRAIT)
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