Group: NJ bodega workers need bulletproof vests

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Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 6:02 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group representing bodega owners is calling for workers in Newark's stores to wear bulletproof vests.

The Bodega Association of the U.S. wants employees in the New Jersey city to wear the vests to protect themselves from robbers and violence.

Association president Fernando Mateo also wants workers to apply to carry firearms.

Mateo met with Mayor Cory Booker earlier this week to discuss his proposal. A Booker spokesman didn't immediately comment.

The meeting came after the murder of 18-year-old Jamil Bader, Jr. He was shot last week while working at his family's store.

A Bronx bodega worker was killed by a police bullet earlier this month. Reynaldo Cuevas collided with an officer after fleeing from robbers.

Mateo wants to convene a meeting of mayors from New Jersey's largest cities to discuss bodega worker safety.

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