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 sides, but the policeman notices a gun tucked in 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.
The cop is commended for his actions.
The next officer up bangs on the same door. “Polizei!” he says. This time the person walks out carrying a baton, not a gun. So the cop doesn’t pull out his pistol. Instead he brandishes a can of pepper spray—a reflex response that also garners praise afterward.
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Source Credits: Sara Miller Llana in Takepart