We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Aim for the head if you get into a gun fight with a cop

by The only good cop is a dead cop Sunday, Apr. 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM

If you get into a gun fight with a crooked cop aim for the head? Also high powered rifle rounds will usually penetrate the bullet proof vests cops wear.

I don't have anything against law abiding cops protecting us from criminals, but sadly most cops are just thugs that protect the government rulers from the serfs they rule over.

The fact that two thirds of the people in prison are there not for committing real crimes like robbery, rape or murder, but for victimless drug war crimes that harmed no one also seems to say the police are not here to protect us.

Of course alleged Libertarian Mike Renzulli will tell you that "pigs" stands for Pride, Integerity and Guts. Renzulli go fuck yourself. The rest of us know better.

---------------------------------------------------

Police bulletproof vests leave key body parts vulnerable

Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 1:15 pm

Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A surprising number of officers killed and injured each year were wearing bulletproof vests that gave them comfort and mobility but left key body parts uncovered and vulnerable, national statistics show.

The bullet that tore through Clairton, Pa. police Officer James Kuzak's body April 4 struck him in the left shoulder, just beyond the coverage of his protective vest, a virtually unavoidable danger officers face as they try to strike a balance between maneuverability and safety.

Kuzak, 39, survived the shooting, and though still critical, was alert and talking two days later, fellow officers say. But others have not been so lucky. Thirty-three officers who were fatally shot in 2009 were wearing body armor, according to the most recent FBI statistics. Most were struck in the head, but others were hit in the neck, throat and upper torso.

"There's just those areas of the body that can't be protected without hindering mobility," said Ed Hinchey, a former police sergeant who in November 2004 was shot in the groin just under his bulletproof vest. Hinchey is now an armor technical specialist for Safariland, a major manufacturer of body armor worldwide. His job is to explore how to create better protective gear by studying actual events.

"We're working to find materials that do have the ballistic capacity to stop rounds and still give you the mobility, but the technology is not there yet. There's no way to give that 100 percent protection."

There are plenty of products on the market that offer additional protection for tactical officers, whose duties include riot control and hostage situations. But items such as ballistic collars, chaps, helmets and shields are impractical and cumbersome for patrolmen like Kuzak, who normally handle less intense calls while on day-to-day patrol.

Most patrol officers' vests are hidden under their uniforms. The vests cover most of the shoulder and the front and back of the torso to the waistline, allowing an officer to access items on his duty belt and turn his head to talk into the microphone on his lapel. Manufacturers are seeking ways to make vests that offer more coverage but are light enough for movement, such as a T-shirt style vest, which is not yet feasible, Hinchey said.

From 2000 to 2009, 36 of the 97 slain officers who suffered torso wounds despite wearing vests took a bullet through an armhole or shoulder area of the vest. In 16 of those cases, the round penetrated through the vest or was more powerful than the vest's capabilities, according to the FBI's statistics. In 14 cases, the bullet entered through the abdominal or lower back area.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy