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1933 BULLET PROOF

On 6 February 1933, Chicago Police test a new defence in the war against violent crime – an iron shield. The flaws, however, are hard to avoid. The thick plate is heavy to carry around and yet it’s not big enough to cover the whole body of the under-fire cop, so can only be used while crouching behind it. Moreover, commercially sold bulletproof vests have been around since the mid-19th century, so it seems this shield isn’t the crime-preventing game-changer the Chicago cops hope it will be.

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