Good cop, bad cop

You might be surprised (or not) to learn the UN peacekeepers are the bad cop.  No points for guessing who the good cop is.  (From commenter JKB at Neptunus Lex.)

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A U.S. Army Captain called this “controlled chaos.” Military and police forces from around the world who speak different languages are working to maintain order. Late Monday morning that “chaos” turned to confrontation.

U.N. peace keepers were given orders to clear the street. They did so with force. Unable to speak the native language Creole or even English, the Jordanian… Pakistani and Indian forces mostly did their talking with nightsticks and rubber bullets. No one was seriously injured. But tensions are building.

The American soldiers on hand – members of the 82nd Airborne – showed restraint. Their helmets were off and their guns were intentionally unloaded.

“It seems like you guys are showing great restraint, while some of your colleagues, aren’t,” Pitts said.

“We all have our different methods and styles in which we control situations,” said Sgt. Mike Ames, U.S. Army. “We’re here to help them, not to push them around.

— Pitts, Byron.  “U.N. Peacekeepers Confront Crowd in Haiti.CBS News, 18 January 2010. [Emphasis mine]

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