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Beck to Brown: Appeal Court's Decision on Body Armor for Felons

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Detail of the LAPD cruiser that was shot out during the NoHo Shootout | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist

A law born out of the 1997 North Hollywood shootout was struck down by the 2nd District Court of Appeals recently, citing vague language, prompting law enforcement groups and agencies across the state, the LAPD included, to protest. "The law prohibiting convicted felons from wearing or possessing body armor was passed by the California State Legislature in 1998 as a measure to protect police officers and those in our communities from violent felons who are increasingly using high-powered firearms," wrote LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in a letter sent to Attorney General Jerry Brown, urging him to appeal the decision.

Others believe an appeal would be worthless because the law could be enacted again if the state legislature tweaked the vague language to be more clear.

Beck's letter is below: