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Posted: 10/2/2002 4:18:22 PM EDT
[url=http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/WABC_100202_vests.html]NYPD Taking Action To Protect Cops After Some Bulletproof Vests Found To Be Inadequate[/url] (New York-WABC, October 2, 2002) — Just how safe are the bulletproof vests worn by members of the NYPD? There have been serious questions raised regarding the Florida company that produces the vests, and Wednesday brought some action. NJ Burkett reports. The vests are worn by every patrol officer in New York City. But now, the manufacturer is replacing 1,000 of the bulletproof vests amid troubling questions about their effectiveness. Commissioner Ray Kelly, NYPD: "There were some concerns raised about a particular lot of vests. The company has agreed to replace that particular lot. They've also, if there are other vests out there that we are concerned about, and we are in the process of examining our vests, they are willing to come back with a much more favorable offer." The vests are made by Point Blank, a Florida-based company being sued by some of its own stockholders. The suit claims workers are forced to cut corners during production, creating, in some cases, defective vests. Bill Lerach, Plaintiff's Attorney: "They have not only breached their duties to the shareholders of the company, but also gravely endangered policemen and women and members of the US military due to the shipment of defective bulletproof vests." A company attorney flatly denied the allegations Wednesday. Randy Mastro, Point Blank Attorney: "The allegations about Point Blank will be refuted and rejected thoroughly in their entirety." The company claims the vests are made to withstand standard ammunition from handguns typically seen on the streets of urban America. But not cop-killer bullets and high-velocity ammunition. The NYPD conducted its own, unscientific tests, and found that some vests did not provide adequate protection. The company has agreed to replace 1,000 of them, and the department is upgrading 5,600 others at its own expense.
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