dicussion 7 part 2
I need a reply to this post: In 1998, law enforcement agencies were equipped with a brand new form of body armor made from a material called Zylon. The material, created by a textile company in Japan called Toyobo, was touted as an alternative to Kevlar that had the same effective bullet resistance at a fraction of the weight and price. The fabric was used by a company called Second Chance, a body armor company that supplied a large portion of bulletproof vests to law enforcement agencies across the United States. However, there were multiple indications that this material was not the wonder-product it was believed to be. An employee of Second Chance by the name of Dr. Aaron Westrick found information as early as 2001 that implied that tests showed that Zylon deteriorated at a worse rate than any other material. He later learned that not only did the CEO of Second Chance know about the faulty material, but was actually terminated upon disclosing his own findings of Zylon's inadequacies. He eventually brought his case to federal authorities, but not before the company filed for bankruptcy after a police officer by the name of Tony Zeppetella was shot through his body armor by a pistol round the vest was meant to stop in 2003. Another officer was shot in that same year. After a long and arduous court battle, the Japanese company agreed to settle for 66 million USD for the distribution of known defective products. The CEO of Second Chance relinquished 1.2 million USD in frozen assets as well as a personal 125,000 dollars USD in his settlement. I completely agree with the sentences that were ruled against the two companies responsible, and in the case of the American-based Second Chance body armor company, I believe he should have had to pay reconciliation directly to the families as well. The CEO even had the gall to release a statement to CBS in which he called Second Chance "the first company to cease all use of Zylon," which is a blatant attempt to not only absolve himself of blame but also take a faux moral high ground. There are several things that can be done to prevent such an event from happening again, and it starts at the very importation of goods. If the US is importing any foreign materials that might be hazardous to the health of the American citizen, the federal government should run their own tests on the material to see if it is suitable for official use. This, of course, should also be done for any domestically produced products, but perhaps since we import far more material than we export (2.5 trillion in exports versus 3.1 trillion in imports) this will drastically reduce the likelihood of businesses even being put into a position where they could sell a defective product. Domestically, a heavier punishment up to and including substantial jail time for top executives could also serve to provide a greater sense of justice to the victims of crimes like these. I have not found any evidence that the CEO of Second Chance served any jail time, even though during his trial it was proven that he not only intentionally hid the defects from any outside eyes but actually attempted to sell the company for profit so as to not address the problem and make what money he could before the company inevitably went under for producing faulty body armor. It must be two paragraphs, and you agreeing and explaining why with supporting evidence and concepts from the readings or a related experience. Include a reference, link, or citation (s). Be organized in your thoughts and ideas. Incorporate correlations with the assigned readings or topics. Stay on topic. Provide evidence of critical, college-level thinking and thoughtfulness in your responses or interactions. Avoid summarizing. Contribute to the learning community by being creative in your approaches to topics, being relevant in the presented viewpoints, and attempting to motivate the discussion. Be aware of grammar and sentence mechanics. Use proper etiquette. Remember that being respectful is critical. I need it done in 2 hours.