NEWARK - A controversial proposal to allow Newark bodega workers to bear arms was shot down by the city's police department.

The measure was proposed by the Bodega Association of the United States following last week's botched robbery and murder at a family owned bodega on Clinton Avenue.

Police say 18-year-old Jamil Bader was shot and killed during an attempted holdup as he tried to protect others inside the store.

Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio says arming bodega owners would only escalate the already dangerous situation and put more innocent bystanders at risk.

DeMaio urges business owners to invest in quality security and video systems. He says the department offers a four-week Business Police Academy to help merchants improve security at their stores.

For more information, business owners can contact the Newark Police Department Community Affairs Unit at 973-733-6008.

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