Army National Guard and the New York Police Department (NYPD): Investigate the death of Kwok Fu in New York City Chinatown
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Army National Guard and the New York Police Department (NYPD): Investigate the death of Kwok Fu in New York City Chinatown

    1. Phil Mok
    2. Petition by

      Phil Mok

      Flushing, NY

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at approximately 2:15 PM, a National Guard truck carrying Guard members involved in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts struck and killed 82-year-old Queens resident Kwok Fu on Canal Street in Chinatown.

Kwok Fu suffered “severe body trauma” from the impact, and was pronounced dead at New York Downtown Hospital shortly after the accident, which occurred around 1:25 p.m. near the intersection with Centre Street.

“They were conducting a resupply mission when this unfortunate accident occurred,” said Eric Durr, a spokesman for the National Guard. He said the vehicle belonged to the 369th Sustainment Brigade, based out of the Harlem armory, and was part of a convoy.

The police said the truck, a personnel carrier, was traveling west on Canal Street when it struck the man, who was crossing Canal from north to south. It was not clear whether the man or the truck’s driver was disobeying a traffic signal; no summons was immediately issued and the police said the investigation was continuing. The driver was not publicly identified.

Mr. Durr said the convoy had been involved in carting supplies and was en route to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to pick up items donated by Wal-Mart and then take them to a relief staging area at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn for distribution.

“There was a police escort in front,” Mr. Durr said. “The truck that struck the gentleman was the last vehicle in the convoy.”

He added, “Apparently, the gentleman stepped off into traffic.”

However, eyewitness accounts state that the convoy was traveling at an unsafe speed in excess of 30 miles per hour, and ran the red light on the intersection, as well as the red light at the prior intersection.

We are grateful to New York's National Guard for their help as we recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Still, the driver who ran over and killed Kwok Fu must be held responsible for his actions.

We, the undersigned, urge both the Army and the New York Police Department to fully investigate Kwok Fu's death, and to hold the driver of the National Guard truck responsible through military court martial and the extent of law. Wearing a uniform and serving one's country should not excuse one from liability for causing the death of an innocent civilian.

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    1. 1000 Signatures!

      Phil Mok
      Petition Organizer

      When I started this petition, my goal was to get 100 signatures to show the NYPD and National Guard that there were people that know and care about Mr. Fu's death. Thanks to your help, and the overwhelming outpouring of community support, as of now, we have reached 1000 signatures, 10 times that amount. I will deliver this petition to NYPD's 5th Precinct, which encompasses Chinatown, as well as contact the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) for their assistance in advocating for Mr. Fu's family in investigating his death.

      Thank you.
      -Phil

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. 850 Signatures..can we get to 1000?

      Phil Mok
      Petition Organizer

      Never did I imagine that we would reach almost 1000 signatures. Thank you everyone for your continued support and action. I've received word from a friend in the National Guard that Kwok Fu's death is under investigation. Hopefully we'll hear some closure soon.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. 350 Signatures

      Phil Mok
      Petition Organizer

      I woke up today, and looked at our petition, and we already have 350 signatures! What began as a small effort to make sure Kwok Fu's death would be held accountable by a few people has truly grown into an awareness campaign by the community. Thank you for your support, and keep up the good work.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. 125 Signatures

      Phil Mok
      Petition Organizer

      I am proud to say that the petition has already reached 125 signatures. If you have not seen any news coverage of this incident, I also urge you to read this article, and particularly the comments section by latest comments first: http://gothamist.com/2012/11/06/photos_man_struck_by_military_vehic.php Thank you, and may the victim's family receive the justice they deserve.

      [UPDATE] National Guard Truck Fatally Strikes Pedestrian On Canal Street

      UPDATE BELOW] An unidentified man is in critical condition after being struck by a National Guard vehicle this afternoon. Witness Tim Coleman was working as a PA for a film shoot near the intersection of Canal and Centre streets at around 1:24 p.m. and noticed a

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Wow

      Phil Mok
      Petition Organizer

      It hasn't even been 2 hours, and we've already reached 75 signatures! Thank you all for signing. It's important that we let the authorities know that we are interested in seeing this case to the end. Please, continue to share this petition with your friends, family, and Facebook friends so that we send a clear message to the National Guard and NYPD that there are people that will hold them accountable for making sure that a person's death is not to be taken lightly, and will be fully investigated.

    10. Reached 50 signatures
    11. 13 Signatures!

      Phil Mok
      Petition Organizer

      We reached over 10 signatures already! Please keep signing and sharing this petition. As this incident occurred on Election Day, it was drowned out in the news, and could easily be swept under the rug and ignored.

    12. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kristin Lam OAKLAND GDNS., NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Don't just dismiss this, someone's carelessness took a life. Why anyone would run a red light ever, and especially in a crowded area, is beyond my belief.

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    • Ashley Gee NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Family deserves honour for this mans death

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    • Martin Swan BURBANK, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      No one is above the law, not even the National Guard.

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    • Honest Lee NEWTON FALS, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please investigate as to protect the anti-military lynch mob heading after the driver.

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    • John Nguyen GAINESVILLE, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I'm human.

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