Tuesday, February 14, 2012
After FOP 7 demands city to buy face shields... Chicago buys face shields to protect cops from G-8 protesters
Photo: Chicago police won’t be taking any chances this time. Officers confronting protesters during the G-8 and NATO summits won’t have to worry about getting chemicals, acid — or bodily fluids — in their eyes, thanks to a new shipment of waterproof protective shields the city is buying for their riot helmets.
Chicago Police officers facing off against protesters during the NATO and G-8 Summits will be equipped with new face shields that fit comfortably over gas masks and include a seal to prevent officers from being blinded by liquids thrown at them.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has awarded a $193,461 emergency contract to Colorado-based Super Seer Corp. for the purchase of 3,057 new and improved shields to be used by officers on the front lines during the May 19-21 summits at McCormick Place.
The contract marks the first use of the sweeping power granted to Emanuel to purchase goods and services for the summits — without City Council approval or competitive bidding — provided those items cannot be purchased under existing contracts.
The new shields demanded by the Fraternal Order of Police apparently fall into that category.
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