Comparison with the USA is spurious. Our gun laws mean that coppers aren't - or rather shouldn't be - keyed up that every encounter is going to see them shot. In N.I. in the early '80s, the British army were almost routinely petrol-bombed, and shot at in parts of Belfast and Derry, what every patrol (except the cunts in the red berets) tended to do, was NOT start shooting, but attempt to work through the encounter, either by pushing through, or going round the "blockage". Our RoE basically left armed force as a last resort that had to be sanctioned by a senior officer (one of the many rules that cunt Lee Clegg broke, was that he - and the rest of his squad - all had their weapons loaded, even though they were manning a routine mobile road block. The right-wing press didn't shout about that when they were yelling about freeing the maggot).