Investigate LAPD use of force on Angelenos at Art Walk on 7/12/12
  • Petitioned Mayor Villaraigosa, Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder

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Mayor Villaraigosa, Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder

Investigate LAPD use of force on Angelenos at Art Walk on 7/12/12

    1. Todd Downing
    2. Petition by

      Todd Downing

      Los Angeles, CA

On July 12, 2012 LAPD used excessive force on the citizens of Los Angeles creating an unsafe environment and violating the civil rights of the citizens they are sworn to protect resulting in a tactical alert being issued for the downtown area. LAPD has for weeks been arresting individuals for using chalk on public sidewalks in violation of settle law. MACKINNEY v. NIELSEN No. 94-15438 http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1464004.html.
We encourage all citizens who were endangered, injured, suffered property damage, or were arrested to file a formal complaint with the LAPD at: http://www.lapdonline.org/home/content_basic_view/37673.
On July 12, 2012 LAPD made at least seven more such arrests before deploying at least an additional 140 officers in riot gear in the downtown area further escalating tensions with the citizens enjoying LA's monthly Art Walk. Commanders on the ground then ordered officers to fire on citizens with rubber bullets, bean bags, and tear gas without warning and without issuing orders to disperse or declaring an unlawful assembly causing injury to many Angelenos. Eventually arresting 20 in a situation the commanders on the ground they created.
The LAPD has violated the civil rights of its citizens and put lives and property in jeopardy. We call for an independent investigation in to LAPD's actions the night of July 12,2012. LAPD escalated a peaceful event jeopardizing lives and property. That LAPD did not follow their own policy on use of force. LAPD had no grounds for their actions.

http://laist.com/2012/07/13/art_walk_vendor_speaks_out_against.php 
LAPD cannot be allowed to violate the civil rights of the citizens they are sworn to protect when it suits them and commanders on the ground cannot be allowed to antagonize citizens through civil right violations threatening public safety and private property not to mention the great cost in taxpayer money to mount such a large police action due the great childhood pastime of using chalk on public space.

 

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      Petition Organizer

      Thank you. Keep it up! Ain't no power like the power of the people!
      Ask LAPD to suspend Capt. Horace Frank - commander on scene #ChalkWalk now 1-800-339-6868
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      Todd Downing
      Petition Organizer

      There is a Police Commission meeting tomorrow morning - we would like to present at least 1,000 signatures by then. Thank you for your support.

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    • Lauren Scime LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I was there and witnessed someone get arrested for simply drawing with chalk in front of (not crossing) a police lineup in full ground. While the police did not harm or use "excessive force" in the arrest of this individual, I believe a peaceful protest is well within our rights. I cannot speak to what went on beyond personal eye witness account, that was enough for me to sign. Their intimidating presence was heavy and seemed to incite public unrest rather than deter it (opinion).

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    • Abby Green SANTA MONICA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I think its wrong that you not only arrested innocent people but that you shot them with rubber bullets! Really, its CHALK!

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    • christian gamez WHITTIER, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I was their and was physically shooved by a cop with absolutely no warning. just a whistleblow and a line of heavily protected pigs. i saw a guy get shot and then kicked for no reason.

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    • Sarah Page SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because police aggression must be stopped.

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    • michael blechman BERKELEY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      for justice...

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