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Photographer Jorge Cabrera spent time on patrol with local police in San Pedro Sula, which was named the world’s most violent city for a second year in a row, as they arrived at the crime scenes of victims of gun violence. Jorge documented the city’s busy emergency room and visited the morgue. San Pedro Sula, the country’s second largest city after Tegucigalpa, has a homicide rate of 169 per 100,000 people. Lax laws allow civilians to own up to five personal guns, and arms trafficking has flooded the country with nearly 70% illegal firearms. Read Jorge’s personal account here.
Jaime ‘Jimmy’ Santiago, a former police officer who headed a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) unit, now a lower court judges in Manila, favours arming Filipino judges to protect themselves from disgruntled litigants who can’t accept decisions and criminal syndicates whose members were sent to jail. There had been cases of shootings inside courtrooms. Photographer Bobby Ranoco spent time with Judge Jimmy inside his courtroom and at a firing range. Read Bobby’s personal account here.
Photographer David Gray spent a night out with Steve O’Donnell, a professional plumber who by night is a government-licensed kangaroo shooter on the outskirts of Australia’s capital Canberra. After dusk, Steve’s job is to take part in the culling of Australia’s kangaroo population, which is estimated at over 50 million, though precise numbers vary dramatically. Every licensed kangaroo shooter goes through rigorous testing and must abide by strict rules and conditions, including that a “headshot” must be obtained to minimize the animal’s suffering. Read David’s personal account here.