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Tuesday
Apr242012

Inspired by Cops, Clothing Line Hides Handguns

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Woolrich calls itself the “original outdoor clothing company,” and they are also one of the few companies to make clothing that will work as well on stakeouts as on camping trips.

The company’s Woolrich Elite Series Tactical line features clothing with plenty of pockets and zippers to hold not only fishing lures, but handguns and handcuffs.

The clothing line was started in 2005, but redesigned with features to conceal weapons and other law enforcement tools like guns, handcuffs and plastic restraints in 2010.  The company took on the challenge of creating the specialized apparel after law enforcement contacted the company seeking more clothing options for undercover work and stakeouts.

To explain just how the clothing works, merchandising manager Brian Miller modeled the clothing in a series of videos.

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In the video, Miller shows how the pockets in the “Discrete Carry Twill Jacket” can hide a 6-inch barrel handgun, in addition to a hidden pocket behind the neck for things like plastic restraints.

Rather than calling attention to what’s tucked away in the clothing, Miller says the apparel items were designed to appear “100 percent non-tactical.”

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Sunday
Nov062011

Police Arrest Occupy Atlanta Protesters

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Police arrested nearly two dozen protesters in Atlanta on Saturday.

Occupy Atlanta protestors camping in Woodruff Park began leaving before an 11 p.m. deadline when the park was due to close. Protesters, who have been camping in the park since Oct. 7, began filing out of the park shortly before the deadline imposed by the city due to security concerns in the area. Despite earlier statements from the Occupy group that they would stay, most left and took their protest to Peachtree Street.

Police arrested 19 people who they say became involved in a melee with police after an officer nearly ran a protester over with his motorcycle. Others who did not leave the park in time were also arrested.

According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Mayor Kasim Reed's office said the occupation of Woodruff Park cost the city $451,000 mainly on police overtime.

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Thursday
Oct272011

‘Occupy’ Protests Cost Cities Millions

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With tensions mounting daily, the name Scott Olsen has become a national rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Olsen, a 24-year-old Iraq veteran, is in serious condition after suffering a fractured skull during clashes with police in Oakland.

He joined the protests after work Tuesday night and suffered his head wound when police fired tear gas into the crowd during the crackdown. People who came to his aid were then scattered by a gas canister tossed by police.

In an effort to show solidarity with Olsen and their counterparts in Oakland, protesters in New York City marched to City Hall on Wednesday night. The demonstration led to a tense confrontation with police and 10 arrests.

On Thursday, the police union said officers had showed restraint but the union would sue any protester who injured an officer.

So are the confrontations entering a dangerous new stage?

Many city officials are under pressure from constituents tired of unsightly tent cities, dead grass and dangerous conditions. The cost to already struggling municipalities, which must protect and clean up after the protesters, is soaring.

“We know for a fact we’ve crossed the $300,000 threshold in terms of money spent so far for this operation,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

In San Francisco, the bill is more than $100,000.

“It’s just something that has to happen, it’s a worldwide movement,” said protester Dustin Sneed, who has been at the San Francisco protest since the beginning.

Across the country, the figures are growing. In New York City, overtime costs are $3.4 million. In Minneapolis, the sheriff’s department reports spending $200,000. And in Boston, the tally is $2 million and counting.

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