A Closer Look at Police Protective Gear
CARBONDALE-- We've seen countless images of law enforcement on the scene in Ferguson, many outfitted in special equipment designed to keep them safe.
Carbondale Police have had protective equipment for many years now. Officers say they've been fortunate and haven't had to use it. But it's something they always want to have on hand in the event of an emergency.
Rows and rows of gear, shields, vests and batons fill up this storage room at the Carbondale Police Department.
"We have enough that in a moment of civil unrest, we are able to keep our officers well protected," said Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn.
That's not the case in Ferguson, Missouri, where officers in tactical gear have become a common sight every night since Michael Brown was shot and killed. Local officers say their safety can depend on what they wear.
As the situation in Ferguson continues to unfold, officers across the country are paying close attention.
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