Charles Shafer (cshafer@chipsnet.com)
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 06:55:18 -0500 Regarding saps: I served 28 years on the Chicago PD. Years ago, in the
late 60's and very early 70's they were a fairly common sight hanging from a
cop's utility belt or sticking out of his back pocket. Also, they were
readily available at any uniform store, or police supply house. I never
carried one, and most other cops didn't either. Seemed to me they made you
look more like a storm trooper than a cop. I mean, they already issue you a
billy club!!

Then the rules changed, and things like that were outlawed. As for the bad
guys carrying such tools. I never saw it. They had much better hand-made
tools, such as lead pipes with electric tape wrapped on one side for

When you get hit in the head, by anything, you're immediately stunned, but
very rarely will you go straight down like what you see in the flicks. But
that's by one blow. Usually a number of following blows do the trick and
you're flat. Helpless.

Charlie Shafer

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