It seems that Zylon “bulletproof” vests are not nearly as effective as Kevlar ones, and the Justice department may pull funding for purchasing them. (All the press releases and reports are at the DOJ site.) They are, however, more effective than not wearing a vest.
I am routinely outraged here by poor technology decisions that apply to the public. Let me be clear that this is equally outrageous. People working in the public interest (including cops and firefighters) deserve to have great, well-tested, effective safety gear. I don’t know if the breakdown here is the same sort of breakdown that leads to things like CAPPS or zippo-banning. But I suspect they’re related, and maybe there’s common cause to be made there between libertarians and police?
See also the New York Times, “A Common Police Vest Fails the Bulletproof Test.”
(As an aside, one of the problems with blog display formats is that you read my latest writings first, where logically, this should come after the Robertson Lies post, so that the title makes sense.)