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  • Riot shields are tactical lightweight shields designed to protect riot-officers from the dangers of crowd control such as thrown objects or fire.
  • These shields are generally of a large stature meant for a user to hide behind (most about 3 feet high), through most do
     Typical use of a riot shield
    not provide 100% frontal cover, usually leaving small amounts of the body exposed. 
  • High-tech materials allow there large shields to be of a relatively manageable mass, employing high-strength plastics and engineered composites to achieve this goal, through the stronger shields are not entirely see through rather having a small window that is built out of a somewhat weaker material.
  • Some larger and stronger shields must be held with 2 hands, through the user gains additional protection. 
  • Most shields are used off hand in combination with some non lethal restraining device such as tear gas or tasers.
  • Despite its representation in videogames, most riot shields cannot block bullets from large calibre firearms.

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