Via David Axe

Cop Killers

A war photo a day #12

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In 2006 and 2007 East Timor—then the world’s newest and poorest country—struggled to stand up the basic functions of a functional government. Leaders. Courts. Cops.

The police were among the most problematic. Dili’s cops were riven by ethnic divisions that manifested in pay disputes—and occasionally murder. In the spring of 2007 a source grimly handed me a stack of photos depicting the aftermath of one skirmish pitting police against police in a desperate country.

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