Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’Posted 4 July 2015 12:39 GMT
The amendments suggest shooting at women should be allowed, unless there are “visible signs of pregnancy.” Images mixed by Tetyana Lokot.
A group of lawmakers in Russia's State Duma have suggested expanding opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police, proposing changes to a law that currently prohibits police officers from firing into crowds or at women.
A set of amendments to the police law introduced into the lower house of the Russian parliament by Irina Yarovaya, a lawmaker from the United Russia party and head of the parliamentary security committee, suggests granting police officers a “presumption of trust and support,” meaning they would not have to face prosecution for any action taken while on official duty, so long as said action was for a valid purpose and in accordance with existing laws.
According to the present law, police are prohibited from shooting at women. The draft amendments would void this general rule: the ban on shooting would only apply if a woman exhibited “visible signs of pregnancy.” The new legislation would also allow police to shoot into crowds (currently forbidden), provided they were doing it “to prevent acts of terror or hostage situations.” Other suggested amendments include granting police the right to conduct searches of personal property and persons on grounds of “reasonable suspicion” instead of providing compelling evidence, and entitling police officers to enter private residences in order to detain individuals, even if they haven't yet been charged or officially declared criminal suspects.