Tell Obama to Condemn Police Actions Around the Country
  • Petitioned President of the United States

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Tell Obama to Condemn Police Actions Around the Country

    1. J L
    2. Petition by

      J L

      Woodbridge, United States

Mr. President,

All around the country, police departments are using violence and coercion to rid cities of peaceful protesters who are practicing the very universal rights that you referenced when addressing the protests in Egypt.

"I want to be very clear," you said back in January, "in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere."

The hypocrisy has got to stop. As a nation that has set out to set the example for the rest of the world in the way it treats its citizens we are drowning in hypocrisy and violations of Constitutional rights. There will always be anomalies during peaceful protests - we're only human - but it is not the job of sworn peace officers to lash out violently and mercilessly at the very people they took an oath to protect and serve.

When we hear that police officers are only reacting to violence bestowed upon them, we can only look back to to 1962 and former President Kennedy's words: "Those who make peaceful protest impossible, make violent protest inevitable." We call upon other nations around the world to stand up for the rights of their people, then let the very atrocities that we are addressing occur to our own citizens.

Mr. President, the American People demand that the actions of the police officers around the country are addressed. The American People need to know that their President will not stand for this kind of treatment of his Nation's citizens, especially since we have fought so long and hard to preserve the very rights that all of these peaceful protests are exercising.

Mr. President, the Police Officers who are documented in photo and video all around the internet need to be called to justice. This is not a nation of extrajudicial punishment, this is a nation of free speech and peaceful assembly and one that is tired of watching its sons and daughters fight and die in far off lands for the very rights that American citizens are having suppressed.

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. In Hudson v. McMillian (1992), Cruel and Unusual Punishment is Referenced

      J L
      by J L
      Petition Organizer

      Whenever prison officials stand accused of using excessive physical force constituting "the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain" violative of the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, the core judicial inquiry is that set out in Whitley v. Albers, 475 U.S. 312, 320-321: whether force was applied in a good faith effort to maintain or restore discipline, [p2] or maliciously and sadistically to cause harm.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. The NYPD has Discredited Itself

      J L
      by J L
      Petition Organizer

      At one point that morning, I got stuck in a chaotic mass of people, and was nearly battered with a baton while attempting to record video. Some NYPD officers seemed to enjoy all this immensely, especially Police Officer Toussaint — one of the several who laughed as they pummeled everyone in their path. I saw one man get smashed in the face with a riot shield; another was knocked over the hood of a taxi.

      When I asked one officer why it had suddenly become unlawful to stand on that portion of the sidewalk, she answered, “You’re blocking pedestrian traffic.”

      Someone called out, “We are pedestrian traffic!” The officer responded, “So are we.”

    5. Police Response to Occupy Wall Street is Absurd

      J L
      by J L
      Petition Organizer

      By and large, Occupy has been a peaceful affair. Certainly pepper-spraying protesters while they sit calmly in a row like this is a gross abuse of power. It should have our collective blood boiling, whether or not we even agree with the protesters themselves. What was meant to be a protest against economic equality quickly morphs into a protest against the police state.

    6. Reached 10 signatures
    7. Portland Pepper Spray Generates Iconic OWS Photo

      J L
      by J L
      Petition Organizer

      Your job is to protect and serve, not blast peaceful protesters with pepper spray.

    8. Reached 5 signatures

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    • Elliott Dean INKBERROW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why aren't you?

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    • Curtis Miller MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • almost 3 years ago

      Its like a high for the police. Sometimes there are good intentions just to keep peace but once a officer throws a "punch" its like an adrenaline rush and others follow with out thinking and regardless of training. I have witnessed this several times. Sad.

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    • Ared Reinke PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do and no one can dispute that.

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    • Mary-Fa'alima Harris LONG BEACH, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I have been a victim of and a witness to police misconduct (sexual harassment, racial profiling, police brutality, internal interference with filing of a police report, among other types of injustice) and after losing a family friend, Michael Nida, to an inhumane act of violence at the hands of the Downey Police Department on October 22nd of this year, I have finally had the courage to speak out against these civil rights violations.

      I am a wife and mother, and my husband and I cannot raise our children in a world where we have to fear law enforcement. My negative interactions with police officers make me concerned about how my daughter and sons will be treated when they are a little older and are outside of my home. If an honors student involved in band, orchestra, volunteer organizations, dance clubs, and other extracurricular activities who went on to college and became a teacher can think back on her younger years and remember the times that she had to beg for her life at the hands of a police officer, what does this say about our society? I made all the right decisions in life to ensure that my children would live a comfortable life secure in a safe neighborhood in a beautiful home with plenty to eat and an abundance of amenities, and all this means nothing if I have to worry about them once they leave this house because of what might happen in a dark alley when no one is around to witness what adult bullies can do when they wear a badge to protect them.

      I do not believe that all police officers are evil, but I do believe that just like child molesters try to get jobs at schools, day cares, or public parks, adult bullies try to get jobs where they are able to hold their authority over the heads of those who are helpless, and the police department is a perfect place for these types of people. The people who have hurt me while in uniform knew that I would not be able to tell, because when I tried, I was laughed at, and when I asked for help, I was pushed warned and threatened. These officers ruin the reputation of an entire force for those who legitimately want to protect and serve the public, and it is a disgrace that they have been able to get away with this manipulation and abuse of authority for so long.

      Michael Nida was an innocent man who was simply out on a date with his wife of 14 years when he was gunned down by an MP5 machine gun. He hadn't committed a crime, and yet he was killed like an animal in the street without concern for his safety or well-being. Officers claim he was mistakenly identified as an armed robbery suspect, but Michael doesn't even match the description of the suspects that the PD were seeking (they were African American and wearing black hoodies and blue shorts; Michael is half Puerto-Rican and half white and was wearing a striped polo and jeans). Rather, this incident is a case of racial profiling, where an officer assumes that because someone looks "suspicious," based on a racial stereotype of what a "Latino thug" looks like, it is considered standard procedure to treat the person as though he or she is a criminal, whether or not this is actually the case. This practice is unethical and a violation of civil rights. This incident also highlights the need for better training for officers, as the use of lethal force by an MP5 machine gun was excessive and unnecessary. Michael was unarmed and was running away when he was violently killed. No non-lethal methods were used in apprehending him. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

      Please, Mr. President, do something to stop these crimes against humanity! No more police brutality!!! We need a police force that we can trust to protect and serve us! A change needs to be made to reestablish trust between the public and the police...

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    • Karen Gretsky WICHITA, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      After 8 horrible years, I believed that change was coming at last. So far, disappointed. Youtube video mixing Obama/Clinton remarks on Middle East protests with scenes of police brutality in US says it all.

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