Fraternal Order of Police Supports Whistleblower Suit
Washington, D.C. July 14, 2005. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, has strongly endorsed the whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Aaron Westrick, the former Director of Research and Composite Development for Second Chance Body Armor.
The suit, which has been joined by the Department of Justice, alleged
that Second Chance and the Toyobo Company knowingly sold defective
bullet-proof vests to police officers throughout the United States.
The suit is based on documents confidentially provided to the U.S.
Department of Justice by Dr. Westrick. The documents included an
internal Board of Director corporate memorandum which confirmed Second
Chance's knowledge that a police officer could die as a result of
wearing one of the defective vests. The company ordered that the
memorandum be destroyed. Westrick saved one copy and leaked it to the
Department of Justice. In 2004, after Dr. Westrick confirmed in a
deposition that he had refused to shred numerous incriminating Second
Chance internal documents, he was fired from the company.