Drop the Charges Against Montel Williams!
  • Petitioned David Clarke

This petition was delivered to:

Milwaukee County Sheriff
David Clarke

Drop the Charges Against Montel Williams!

    1. Antonio Ramirez
    2. Petition by

      Antonio Ramirez

      Mexico DF, Mexico

On January 4th, former talk show host Montel Williams was detained and cited at the Milwaukee airport by Milwaukee County Sheriffs for possession of a wooden pipe.

Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and has since been a public supporter of the use of medical marijuana to relieve chronic pain. He was visiting Wisconsin to participate in an experimental brain treatment program for those suffering from MS, Parkinson’s disease and other brain afflictions when a TSA employee noticed the pipe and called for backup. He was detained by Milwaukee sheriffs while the pipe was examined and eventually determined not to contain marijuana residue. Williams paid a $400 fine and was released with a February 2 court date.

Williams' arrest is merely the most public example of a troubling, wasteful epidemic of non-violent drug arrests in Milwaukee and Wisonsin—an epidemic that falls heavily on the backs of the state’s African-American population.

African-Americans in Wisconsin are among the most likely to be locked up in the nation and arrests for non-violent drug offenses have skyrocketed in the state in recent years.

Instead of arresting scores of African-American drug offenders, Milwaukee and Wisconsin should be investing in alternatives to incarceration and substance abuse treatment, both of which are more effective and less costly than locking up minor drug offenders.

Let's make Montel Williams' detention the starting point for a conversation around wasteful, racialized non-violent drug arrests in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Let's tell Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to drop the charges against Montel Williams!

Recent signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kyle Hackmeister WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Weatherford International employee

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • cassandra matson RACINE, WI
      • over 3 years ago

      i live in racine which is on the border of milwaukee and I think if they spent more time looking for murderers and not so much time on marijuana cases then just maybe I can trust racine to be a good place for my future children to reside and grow up. Marijuana is not the issue, murders are the issue for milwaukee and they are based on other addictions such as perscription pills,crack cocaine,and other reasons. I have smoked for 24 years and have no problems with memory nor with trying to steal or murder someone to support my habit. It is no worse than smoking a cigarette nor drinking alcohol and being perscribed perscription drugs. Which doctor is there that can convince me a woman that lost her husband to prescription drugs and herion that other drugs are not the problem. Yet everyone focuses on marijuana and i think it's a crock of crap. I currently am enrolled in college classes and have absolutely no problem with remembering to do my homework or even what i learned months ago.

      Sincerely,

      Pissed at the doctors and police of wisconsin.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.