Policing the world: riot squads from around the globe

28 Nov 2014

From the use of tear gas in Hong Kong to the military-style response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, police tactics are a thorny issue. Afghan police are officially authorised to respond with weapons "and explosives". Mexican and Indian riot police follow escalation protocols that go from verbal warnings to use of firearms. Britain, Serbia, Bosnia and the Philippines allow guns to be fired only if a life is at risk. For many European police, the use of force must be "proportionate". In Belgium, rights monitors say, this means firearms can never be used for crowd control. Photos: David Wong, Reuters



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