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Legislature may tackle bullet-proof vests

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January 30, 2003

Albany-- South Georgia law enforcement officers support a proposed Georgia law that would target criminals who wear bulletproof vests while breaking the law.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Uniformed officers wear new bulletproof vests, that are light and flexible, and easily worn under clothes. Sheriff's Lt. Craig Dodd says they have not encountered criminals wearing bulletproof vests, but have been warned some drug dealers do wear them now.

"If they are wearing it to protect themselves from the Police while committing a violent crime," Dodd said. "Or delivering drugs to other drug dealers and they don't want to run the risk of being shot by other drug dealers. Then they are using it to further their criminal enterprise."

Representative Victor Hill of College Park proposed the bill to make it a felony to wear a bulletproof vest committing a crime. It would be punishable by up to five years in prison.

posted at 4:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com