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Submitted by myth (Germany), Feb 11, 2013 at 11:11

Is the US a shining example for policing in the first place? Maybe not. The US tops incarceration rates with roughly 9 times (measured by fraction of the population) more people in prison than Germany, or Afghanistan for that matter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_incarceration_rate

Exporting American police and military procedures based on a questionable track record at home into an environment that is hostile to begin with, is a recipe for disaster. Or imagine this: is any metropolitan police force in the US training street-gangs how to handle inner city violence on their own?

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