In response to recent shooting incidents at bodegas, the head of the national bodega association and Newark Mayor Cory Booker met Sunday to discuss ways to keep store owners and store clerks safe.
Fernando Mateo of the Bodega Association of the U.S. said he is working with the city to try to provide subsidized bullet-proof vests for bodega owners.
“What we’re trying to do is create a situation where we’re buying the vests at a wholesale price where the bodega owners would be able to afford to buy them, not only for themselves but for their clerks,” Mateo told WCBS 880. The goal is a public-private partnership to help protect bodega workers, Mateo said.
“We don’t want to use the alternative of saying ‘you know what, arm yourselves, fight back, shoot back.’ No, we want to make sure that if they’re shot at that at least they stand a chance of living,” Mateo said.
Source: CBS News