Waruch quickly patted the man down, looking for weapons and when he tried to pull his wrist down to handcuff him, the man resisted.
Waruch told Richmond to point his weapon at the man and told him to "shoot him if he moves." At that point, the man stopped resisting and Waruch was able to cuff him.
Richmond's squad was tasked with providing security while the rest of the unit cleared the village (a cordon search mission).
Reuters The soldiers' proverb that "it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by six" has recently gained new currency among American troops in Afghanistan.
For combat soldiers, its meaning is clear: when in doubt, shoot first and ask questions later.
There's also a reason that different populations are chosen to serve in each force.
Police officers typically must be over 21 and many local police departments require at least an AA degree, recognizing that confronting complex situations on the street requires a certain level of maturity.