We Demand National Change to Protect Citizens and Communities from Police Violence and Misconduct
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President Barack Obama

We Demand National Change to Protect Citizens and Communities from Police Violence and Misconduct

    1. Petition by

      Dream Defenders

(Scroll Down for our 6 National Hands Up Demands)

A long and completely avoidable history of violence by police officers has killed too many innocent civilians, caused a destructive level of mistrust in the community, and is causing a rising tide of anger, frustration, and despair among millions of good people.

This petition is for Amadou Diallo - shot at 41 times. An innocent, hardworking man simply reaching for his wallet, Diallo should be alive today.

This petition is for Sean Bell - shot at over 50 times and killed on his wedding day. 

This petition is for Oscar Grant - handcuffed with his hands behind his back for breaking a fight on the subway - Oscar was shot in the back and killed by a police officer while sitting down.

This petition is for Chavis Carter - arrested for marijuana, searched, handcuffed with his hands behind his back, and put into the back of a police car. Chavis is then said to have somehow killed himself with a gun. 

This petition is for Wendell Allen - just 20 years old - police busted into a house and shot him in the heart - killing him. He wasn't who they were looking for.

This petition is for Rekia Boyd - an unarmed Black woman shot and killed because an officer thought her cell phone was a gun.

This petition is for Luis Rodriguez - an unarmed father who was beaten and choked to death in front of his family for not showing his ID outside a movie theater.

This petition is for Eric Garner - choked to death on YouTube for the entire world to see. While the coroner has deemed his death a homicide, we must change the laws to prevent this from ever happening again.

This petition is for Israel Hernandez - a young artist that was murdered by Miami Beach Police Department after he was caught tagging an abandoned building.

This petition is for Mike Brown - unarmed and shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, we are still waiting for even the basic answers here.

We encourage you to Google these names and cases for yourself.

This petition is for these men, and for many other unarmed men and women who have been killed by the police. It is unacceptable for the police to serve as JUDGE, JURY, and EXECUTIONER. The recent murders of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and John Crawford this past month at the hands of police have so inflamed communities across the country that we believe we are reaching a tipping point of anger.

It is our hope to channel this collective anger into effective policy solutions that will not only make life safer for citizens, but will restore confidence in police, and bring hope to hopeless families and communities devastated by these egregious acts of violence.

Our 6 National Hands Up Demands are:

1. Obama needs to “Do the Right Thing” and go to Ferguson and meet with local black and brown youth.

2. Eric Holder meet with local black and brown youth across the country who are dealing with “Zero Tolerance” and “Broken Windows” policing.  

3. Ensure transparency, accountability, and safety of our communities, by requiring front-facing cameras on police departments with records of racial disparity in stops, arrest, killings, and excessive force complaints.

4. Cops need consequences too. Police officers who discharge their weapon on an unarmed person should be suspended without pay pending further investigation. And their name and policing histories should be made available to the public.

5. Tanks and tear gas don’t ever belong in our communities. America should not be going to war with it’s citizens. Demilitarize all police departments.

6. Police should be representative of the communities they are tasked to protect and serve and community members should have  real  power  in citizen review boards.


Our 7 Policy Solutions Are As Follows:

1. The avoidable shooting and killing or otherwise murdering of an unarmed citizen who does not have an outstanding warrant for a violent crime should be a federal offense.

2. Choke holds and chest compressions by police (what the coroner lists as the official cause of death for Eric Garner) should be federally banned.

3. All police officers must wear forward-facing body cameras while on duty. They cost just $99 and are having a significant, positive impact in several cities around the United States and the world. Turning them off should warrant immediate termination. 

4. A trusted 3rd party business should monitor and store all videos from forward facing cameras.

5. Suspensions for violations of any of the above offenses should be UNPAID. If a third party review board clears the officer, the back pay, which could sit in escrow could be given back to the officer. If found guilty, the money in escrow should be given to victims of police violence.

6. All murders by police must be investigated, immediately so, by a trusted and unbiased third party. It is not sufficient for the police, who are like a family, to investigate a murder by one of their own.

7. Convictions for the above offenses should have their own set of mandatory minimum penalties. The men who killed Diallo, Bell, Grant, Carter, Garner, and others all walk free while over 1,000,000 non violent offenders are currently incarcerated in American prisons.

These federal actions are in the best interest of our country. We will direct our anger, our dollars, our votes, and our voice to seeing them happen all across the country. 

Recent signatures


    1. The Pressure is Mounting and We Are Pushing Forward

      Peace family,

      This message is to update you on a few important things about this petition.

      1. We are happy to say that this petition is going through a bit of a shift.

      Shaun King, the creator of this petition has decided to work alongside with Dream Defenders to maximize the impact that we can make together. Dream Defenders have taken over as the facilitators of this petition. We are merging this petition with a previous, Dream Defender led effort called "#HandsUp" where we had 6 National Demands with the same heart and mind of applying pressure to fix the problems with police brutality going on in communities around the country. You can see these demands on the petition page, or you can view www.dreamdefenders.org/handsup

      2. The pressure that we are mounting matters and demands are being heard:

      • Eric Holder announced that he Justice Department will probe into the Ferguson Police Department. The investigation will be conducted by the Justice Department’s civil rights division and follow a process similar to that used to investigate complaints of profiling and the use of excessive force in other police departments across the country, the officials said.

      Find out more about it at the following link:

      3. A NATIONAL Review of the Militarization of Police Departments via

      • The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about State and local law enforcement’s use of military-type equipment and tactics. In light of these questions, President Obama has directed a review of Federal programs and funding that enable State and local law enforcement to purchase or obtain military-type equipment.

      The pressure of THIS petition as a body of people concerned about what is going on with police all over the country will be represented in that meeting today at 1:30 pm, and we will report back with what goes on and what is discussed.

      Thank you for all of your support, and let's keep growing this petition. The more power we have, the more that we can do. We commit to taking the power developed here to the highest level possible to push for change in this country that we need!

    2. SEVEN NEW POLICIES - Our New Movement Begins TODAY

      Today, Michael Brown will be buried and we will begin our full movement for SEVEN NEW POLICIES to curb police violence across our nation.

      On Wednesday, October 1st, we want to hand deliver 1,000,000 signatures to President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Speaker of the House John Boehner. We will soon be announcing how you can join us as we do this together. Look at our petition now for the SEVEN NEW POLICIES.

    3. If we each find just 4 people, we'll hit our goal!

      Hey Friends! In just 1 week we crossed 200,000 signatures. AMAZING! That's one of the fastest growing petitions ever in its first week.

      Now, if we each find just FOUR MORE PEOPLE we will hit our goal of 1,000,000. This is what it's going to take for us to have the influence that we need to actually affect policy on the local, state, and national level.

      Here's the link: https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-please-enact-new-federal-laws-to-protect-citizens-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

      I want to be clear with you that this mission is not just about Mike Brown or even Ferguson, but it's about preventing the next Mike Brown, the next Eric Garner, the next Oscar Grant, the next Sean Bell. I sincerely think that we are crossing over into a pivotal time in our country. It feels like a New Civil Rights Movement and you are a part of it. We can bring about lasting change in this country.

      Let's roll!


      PS :: If you want to join an action team, we're still forming them now @ http://5ActionItems.com now.

      President Barack Obama: Please Enact New Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence and Misconduct

      I love good police officers. I have them in my immediate family. Like all civil servants they are underpaid and under-resourced for a difficult job....

    4. Reached 200,000 signatures
    5. 3 Important Updates

      Hello My Friends,

      Today has been a whirlwind of a day. Follow me on Twitter @ShaunKing or @ http://Twitter.com/ShaunKing for the most recent developments. We have THREE IMPORTANT UPDATES to make!

      1. We need to hit 200,000 supporters by tonight & 1,000,000 by next Saturday. If each of us just get 10 more people to sign up, we'll be there.

      GO FOR IT! We NEED your support and cannot do it without you. We are making major waves with our momentum.

      2. We just announced a March for Justice in St. Louis on NEXT SATURDAY and we want YOU and YOUR ENTIRE CREW to be there. Register now @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-for-justice-for-mike-brown-all-unarmed-victims-of-police-violence-tickets-12671082549?aff=rss

      3. You can now for LOCAL MEETUPS for Justice in your town. Details @ http://5ActionItems.com

      March for Justice for Mike Brown & All Unarmed Victims of Police Violence

      We will be releasing full details on the march this coming Tuesday morning. We will stick to the times, but will be updating you with locations and special guests. It won't be canceled so plan on coming. Also, let's have 1,000,000 signatures here before we march.

    6. Reached 150,000 signatures
    7. Good Morning! Can You Do This For Me, Please?

      Good Morning,

      Our petition more than doubled in size yesterday from 62,000 signatures to 115,000 signatures and counting. The conditions in Ferguson have completely deteriorated. Journalists and peaceful protestors are being assaulted and arrested without cause. The police have still not released the autopsy report or the name of the officer who killed Mike Brown. In essence, things have gotten worse and we are more motivated than ever to mobilize and advocate for real change. You are going to be a part of that.

      I said it late last night, but if you have ever wondered what it would be like to be alive during the Civil Rights Movement, this is it. It's our time to stand up for justice.

      We have a lot of work to do. Here is what I need you to do today.

      1. Go to http://5ActionItems.com and FORM the meetup group in your hometown. Put the name of your hometown in the group title. Then email me the link. I will share it. Set a date for a meeting soon as well.

      2. I can't stress this one enough, but please ask everybody you know to sign our petition @ https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-please-enact-new-federal-laws-to-protect-citizens-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

      Tweet it & Facebook it, YES, but text it to friends, email them, call them, ask your friends, family and co-workers in person. Bring it up for them and ask them to read it and sign it there in front of you.

      3. If you will be able to make your way to St. Louis, we're planning a trip soon. That's just a heads up as we work out details.

      Thanks a lot. Be bold and courageous.


      New Page

      50,000 x 20 = 1,000,000 If all 50,000 of you get just 2 people to sign, we double in size to being 100,000 strong If all 50,000 of you get just 20 people to sign, we will be 1,000,000 strong.

    8. Reached 100,000 signatures
    9. 5ActionItems.com

      Good News Everybody!

      We just crossed 50,000 people strong here! To keep our momentum going, I just built http://5ActionItems.com for us. Go there now and SPREAD THE WORD!

      Together, we are strong and our fight for justice and real solutions to curb police violence will be successful!

      Let's Roll!


    10. Reached 40,000 signatures
    11. 5 Practical Action Steps Coming Soon

      Good evening my friends!

      I hope that each and every one of reading this message is doing well. As I write this, in just about 24 hours, over 35,000 of you from all over the world have joined this community of justice we are forming.

      Thank you for taking this step. While it may seem small, when 35,000 people come together to advocate for practical solutions, the whole world can change.

      Our nation, in my strong opinion, is at a tipping point. What is boiling over in Ferguson, is not just anger about the murder of Michael Brown, but is about the frustration, despair, and even a sense of hopelessness over senseless murder after murder at the hands of police - particularly during these past two weeks.

      We've all had enough.

      In a few hours I am going to share five VERY PRACTICAL action steps you can take from wherever you are with whatever you have. If you and I take them, and bring some friends and family with us, our nation and the world will be forever changed. I'm tired of tweeting about my anger and nothing changing - aren't you?

      Don't be distracted with petty arguments. Don't allow your anger to get the best of you. However, don't allow the fire inside of you die down. You're going to need it.

      Follow me on Twitter http://Twitter.com/ShaunKing for regular updates and plan on us being 50,000 strong in a few hours.

      I believe in us.

      Your Friend & Brother,


      Shaun King (ShaunKing) on Twitter

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    12. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Amanda Kelly ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 11 hours ago

      I am tired of the violence in our communities. Police were meant to help and protect and with the privileges they have they still need to be accountable and act as examples to society. This has not been demonstrated and instead they are causing more violence and trauma to society and families in these numerous cases of abuse of power and unlawful violence and murder. Changes must be made and our police force must be educated not only on violence but also on humanity and nonviolent conflict resolution. Beyond that THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND NOT BE ABOVE THE LAW. Police officers are humans and make mistakes and like all citizens they must take action to take accountability and remedy these ongoing violations of human rights and dignity. This petition is a step in the right direction.

    • emily graves NEWTON, IA
      • about 19 hours ago

      I'm tired of officers of the law getting away with murder. Killing innocent people.

    • Vanessa Paxson FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • about 23 hours ago

      Amadou Diallo et al...

    • Christopher Shaw MOUNT HOREB, WI
      • 1 day ago

      No citizen deserves to die at the hands of the state; especially those who have not yet been proven guilty of a crime in a court of law.

    • Juan Fernández BROWN DEER, WI
      • 1 day ago

      I have personally seen how police power corrupts them and their actions no matter their color. They feel that their position allows them to lie and that they are not bound by the same rules that the public they are entrusted to serve are bound.


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