December 2, 2003 |
It began with a single gunshot. Last summer, an undercover police officer stepped out of a van in Pennsylvania to make a drug bust and was shot in the abdomen. The bullet penetrated the front panel of his body armor. The officer survived, but the damage -- to him and to an industry that exists specifically to protect law enforcement -- was done.
December 11, 2003 |
State officials on Wednesday sued a manufacturer of bulletproof vests used by police, saying the vests were defective and endangered officers. The vests are woven with a synthetic fiber known as Zylon, which has been shown to weaken earlier than expected. Their durability was called into question in June, when an undercover Pittsburgh officer was hurt when a bullet pierced his vest. Connecticut's lawsuit against Second Chance Body Armor Inc. demands refunds for the vests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2005 |
Under a settlement approved Friday by the Los Angeles City Council, a Japanese textile maker whose ballistic material was used in allegedly ineffective body armor sold to the LAPD has agreed to pay the city between $647,000 and $1.3 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit. The payout is part of a $29-million settlement by Tyoba Co. Ltd. with police departments and officers nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2003 |
The widow and young son of an Oceanside police officer shot to death after a routine traffic stop filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that he died because his protective vest was defective and allowed three bullets to hit him. The lawsuit, filed in Vista Superior Court, alleges that Michigan-based Second Chance Body Armor Inc. knew that the Japanese-made material used in the vest was defective, but "in a rush for market share and profits" allowed the vest to be shipped to stores.