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Why police don't pull guns in many countries

More-rigorous training and better community relations limit police shootings in Germany, Britain, Canada, and other nations. Lessons for the United States. 

Olivia Harris/REUTERS/File

The officer, alert but cautious, pounds on the suspect’s door. “Polizei!” he says forcefully, in his native German. A man thrusts open the door and walks out. His hands are at his side, but the policeman notices a gun tucked into the man’s belt. He pulls out his own firearm in response. He then moves briskly backward, coaxing the man to place his weapon on the ground.

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