World: Bullets on Bra/brook Street

Dealing as they must with all manner of rogues and reprobates, British bobbies figure they have at least one thing going for them: they never carry firearms in the course of ordinary duty. The theory is that thugs are less inclined to pack a gun themselves if they know the cops will not shoot. Though only 24 British policemen have been killed in the last 55 years, the tacit truce between cops and crooks is occasionally shattered—as in the fatal shooting of three policemen last week on a London street.

Cruising down Braybrook Street in a West London middle-class neighborhood in their...

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