As Myanmar heads toward a new civil war, the police are under intense pressure to decide which side to take.
Since the February 1 military coup, the police have been used to brutally suppress mass protests.
Some protesters took up arms to respond, forming civilian militias called the Popular Defense Forces.
The BBC granted rare access to the first group of police officers who defected and joined the people’s side.
Some of these officers now say they are ready to use their weapons against their former colleagues.
Video reporters: Naw Dway Eh Khu and Maw Oo Myar
Produced by: Rebecca Henchek and Calvin Brown
Edited by: Kelvin Brown
Open Source: Myanmar Wittens