So you think you don't need FOP Legal Defense Protection? Take a moment to read the following news story about one of our very own members.
Lt. Groover, who has worked for many years at HDSP and SDCC, finds himself in the unfortunate position of being sued by an inmate. Unlike most inmate lawsuits this one ended in a judgement against him, in the amount of $212,500. The Attorney General's office represented brother Groover and now that the judgement went against him, they are arguing that he is responsible for paying the judgement. They are arguing that if they do not successfully appeal the judgement, the state doesn't have to indemnify(take responsibility for paying the judgement) against him. This just goes to show you how doing exactly what you were trained to do can result in a lawsuit down the road. The tragedy here is that Lt. Groover has been a member for almost as long as we have been a lodge, but the lodge wasn't around in 2016 when this incident took place. If he had been FOP in 2016, he could have had FOP plan attorneys fight his case when the AG's weren't doing their jobs effectively.
The following is from Brother groover: "I encourage every officer to have representatives on their side. This is no longer just about work.. It now affects my family. It can happen to anyone now."
Do not wait to join, get your asses covered before it's too late! The situations will not announce to you beforehand that you need to join FOP. They just happen and 7 years later you're sitting in a courtroom, for doing your job!