There is no wonder our entire justice system is so entirely inverted , we give bullet proof vests to prisoners and "can't afford" them for cops . We've reached a point of demanding body cams for law enforcement , yet more and even less stringent plea bargains for felons and so many people believe wholeheartedly that our system is "just too harsh " ?
Who can deny that our justice , judicial , penal ,, policing and parole systems are totally inverted .
I don't know if you are old enough to remember the JFK assassination but the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was killed in transit by Jack Ruby. When Oswald was killed not wearing a vest, all information about the conspiracy and the act was halted. It has never been solved in many's mind. I agree that the police should have enough vests for all their personnel but getting the suspect to jail and back alive is not a humanitarian effort but one of importance to prosecuting and solving the case.
I don't think letting people accused (not convicted) or crimes get killed is going to help the police. We can support getting them their equipment without abandoning other people who need it too. (I personally have donated to my local police to get them vests).
There is no monolithic "the police". Decisions are made locally with state and local budgets for the most part. If you want your local police to get vests, call your local representative or donate to the charity that provides them. Taking the three of four vests used for prisoner transport away would achieve almost nothing, especially as they are probably not "easy wear" beat cop vests but obsolete old models.
Its like the justice system does more to protect the perpetrator than to protect the integrity of the system itself ! Systematic failure of justice = crime , trial , punishment - and then prevention , is no where to be seen anymore . All there is left is the immense cost of the game . Renew the death penalty now !
This is part of the trial phase you speak of. Getting the prisoner to court intact is the reason why the suspect is protected with a vest. The rest of it is according to the Constitution. What more do you want? Blood for bloods sake with immediate results?
What I want is a real justice system that works ! Not a money machine for judges and defense attorney's, and one that supports the constitutional rights of the perpetrator way beyond that of the victims .
Don't you believe it's rather hypocritical to put a vest on say , Timothy McVeigh , who killed babies and innocents in Oklahoma ? I do ! The wasting of millions of dollars in defense of someone so obviously guilty , my problem is with the incredible amount of waste within the system ! Guilt or punishment hardly matters anymore except to the victim of violent crime .