- The future has arrived May 14
If this doesn't strike fear into angry soccer fans, perhaps nothing will. Police in charge of patrolling next month's World Cup in Brazil are going to wear a 22-pound, flame resistant "Robocop" suit that, to put it bluntly, looks extremely intimidating. Built using heavy duty plastic, the suit protects officers' back, chest, and shoulders, and includes a mask to protect from pepper spray. There's also a belt to hold weapons and handcuffs.
Two hundred of the suits will be distributed to the Major Events Police Battalion. The suits aren't for just anybody: officers must serve six years in the force before they're allowed near them. -- Jordan Valinsky
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