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Life For A Life: Mandatory Life Sentencing for Police Brutality Resulting in Death

Far too many times police brutality has got off with just a slap on the wrist while families are left to grieve the loss of a loved one at their hands.  The justice system’s protection of their own at all cost leaves civilians and especially people of color feeling not protected or served but hunted.  It’s time to put an end to this gross injustice!  This abuse of power has gone on for far too long.  As a law abiding citizen who happens to also be a black man. I personally shouldn’t have to fear that if I accidentally run a red light that I could end up dead and not make it home to my family.  We cannot and will not continue to endure such trauma at the very hands of those who swore to protect and serve.  It has happened so many times that it’s becoming the norm to see an unarmed black man killed by police and no justice being served.  The punishment of losing your job or going on administrative leave for brutally killing someone does not fit the crime.  There needs to be criminal charges brought against any officer that believes they have the power to be judge, jury, and executioner on the spot!  Even if a crime is committed or someone resist arrest that person still deserves to see their day in court. The only way we can change this narrative is by inflicting a heavy and stern punishment such as life imprisonment for those who choose to abuse their authority as Police and brutally take the lives of those in the community their called to protect and serve.  

Chris Hill
1,214,964 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice

Police Accountability Act of 2020

During these unprecedented times we have seen lots of police brutality, especially most recognizable the one on May 25, 2020 where a Police officer murdered innocent man George Floyd. Throughout history, Police officers and Government officials have killed innocent lives and faced ZERO consequences.  “Of the 7,666 times that police officers killed people in the U.S. between 2013 and 2019... 25 (0.3%) resulted in a conviction  74 (1.0%) resulted in a charge but no conviction 7,567 (98.7%) resulted in NO charges whatsoever” The purpose of the Police Accountability Act of 2020 should be to enhance the accountability of police by: Establishing a transparent and independent committee that handles the investigation of complaints involving police members in a timely manner Reforming the criminal justice in the department of public safety to reduce police brutality and/or excess police force. One of the major concerns with the purposed Police Accountability Act is the fear that this Act may prevent the peace officers from carrying out their jobs, thereby resulting in an increase in crime rates. However, this concern is mostly irrational because the Act aims to hold people accountable ONLY when they violate people’s rights. At present, police immunity laws allow officers to get away from committing wrongdoing, including racial profiling and police brutalities. The victims of police brutality typically have to go through civil settlements, much of which is not efficient because it not only creates the issues of access to justice but also costs taxpayers and municipal insurers billions of dollar. For example, a police misconduct resulting in $1.37 million settlement in Inkster, Michigan directly forced the city to increase the property taxes in 2015. This Act would give the Justice of Department authority to bring charges against a police officer who abuse their power. This in turn would directly force police departments to impose appropriate policies/training to prevent police brutality from even occurring on the first place, thereby creating a more efficient and cost-effective strategies for enhancing the accountability of police. Helped written by: Varda Marva Malik

Sharbel Hanna
1,212,808 supporters
Petitioning Department of Justice, US State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Donald J. Trump, Justin Trudeau, Sonia LeBel, Christopher H. Smith, Ann Wagner, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Josh Hawley...

Shut Down Pornhub and Hold Its Executives Accountable for Aiding Trafficking

(This petition has migrated to www.traffickinghubpetition.com where over two million people have signed from 192 countries.)  As featured in the NY Times' "Children of Pornhub" The #Traffickinghub movement is a non-religious, non-partisan global effort to hold the largest porn website in the world accountable for enabling and profiting off of the mass sex trafficking, rape and exploitation of women and minors. The petition has been signed by people from 192 countries and the movement is supported by over 300 child protection and anti-trafficking organizations as well as hundreds of survivors. To get up to the minute updates on the progress of this initiative follow Traffickinghub founder Laila Mickelwait on Twitter.  If you have been victimized on Pornhub or any Mindgeek owned website and want help click here.  Media inquiries can be directed to Lailamickelwait@traffickinghub.com ### In recent news there have been numerous shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub.  Her trafficker, who was seen in the videos raping the child, was identified using surveillance footage of him at a 7-Eleven where he was spotted with his victim. He is now facing a felony charge. In February 2020, the BBC reported the harrowing story of 14-year-old Rose Kalemba from Ohio who was taken at knifepoint, raped for twelve hours, and the crime scene videos of her abuse were uploaded to Pornhub. Rose said that she pleaded with Pornhub to remove the videos of her rape and torture for months, and it wasn't until she posed as a lawyer and threatened legal action that Pornhub finally took them down. In 2019 the Internet Watch Foundation stated that it alone had confirmed 118 cases of child rape and sexual abuse on Pornhub—half of the videos were Category A level abuse, which includes penetration and sadism.  The Sunday Times investigation into Pornhub reported finding "dozens" of illegal child abuse videos within "minutes", including abuse images of children as young as three years old. Some of the videos identified by the newspaper's investigation "had 350,000 views and had been on the platform for more than three years." It went on to say "three of the worst clips still remained on the site 24 hours later." Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced filmed child rape and sexual abuse content and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant. But there are other individuals who should also be wanted by law enforcement — CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo of Mindgeek, the company that owns Pornhub. You see, Pornhub is complicit in the trafficking of these women and minors and probably thousands more like them. Pornhub is generating millions in advertising and membership revenue with 42 billion visits and 6 million videos uploaded per year. Yet it has no system in place to verify reliably the age or consent of those featured in the pornographic content it hosts and profits from. In fact, all that is needed to upload pornography onto Pornhub is an email address. No government-issued ID is required, not even to become “verified” with its trusty blue checkmark that makes everything seem a-OK. I know this, because I tried it. It took me under 10 minutes to create a user account and upload blank test content to the site, which went live instantly. I could have then gone on to become Pornhub-verified, and all I would need to do is send a photo of myself holding a paper with my username. That’s it. It is no surprise that Pornhub admitted to verifying the trafficked 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused in 58 videos on its site. The official Twitter account for Pornhub wrote in response to the breaking story that the 15-year-old girl had been a verified member. After quickly realizing it had just admitted to assisting in her being trafficked, the account deleted the tweets, but the evidence of the admission was cached and still exists. One of the most-searched terms on Pornhub is “teen” pornography, in fact it has been a top search term on the site for years. The search will result in videos that are constantly being added faster than any individual could watch them. Many feature girls who look 13 years old at best — girls with braces, pigtails, flat chests, no makeup, extremely young faces, holding teddy bears and licking lollipops, all while being aggressively penetrated. A quick search for the word “teen” turns up titles such as “Young Girl Tricked,” “Innocent Brace Faced Tiny Teen F---ed,” “Tiny Petite Thai Teen,” “Teen Little Girl First Time,” on and on ad infinitum. Pornhub has no reliable system in place to verify that those in the videos it hosts are not trafficked children being raped on film in order to line the pockets of its executives. What all of this means is that at this very moment, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex trafficking victims on Pornhub. We already have evidence, and it is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s time to shut down super-predator site Pornhub and hold the executives behind it accountable. Victims of Pornhub/Mindgeek in the Media "The Children of Pornhub" by Nicholas Kristoff, NY Times Pornhub verified sex trafficker from Alabama who abused 16yr old victim on monetized account CBC Reports Cases of Underage Victims on Pornhub Naazir Jackson, 29, from Texas was arrested for sex trafficking his victims on Pornhub Rose Kalemba, 14yr old raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub for months. 15yr old rape and sex trafficking victim found in 58 Pornhub videos Pornhub verified 15yr old sex trafficking and rape victim 14yr old victim from Palo Alto, CA raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub Internet Watch Foundation confirmed 118 cases of child rape on Pornhub The Sunday Times investigation found "dozens" of illegal abuse videos in "minutes" Paypal cuts off service to Pornhub amid evidence of child rape and sexual abuse on site 22 sex trafficking victims on Pornhub partner channel GirlsDoPorn GirlsDoPorn sex trafficking ring a partner channel on Pornhub with 784,000 subscribers US federal indictment for sex trafficking and child pornography Nicole Addimando of NY sentenced to life in prison after killing attacker who sexually abused her and uploaded videos of her sexual assaults to Pornhub 14 rape victims of Taiwan's Justin Lee had their sexual assaults and rape videos on Pornhub

Laila Mickelwait and Traffickinghub.com
1,252,721 supporters
Petitioning United States Supreme Court, Human Rights Campaign, Marco Rubio, Florida Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Ron DeSantis, Univision Communications, Federal Bureau of Investigation...

Demand Justice for Darren Rainey

The prior petition for Darren Rainey was closed due to insignificant coverage and attention. Help me resurface this case back up and demand justice for this man who was wrongly killed.  We demand justice for Darren Rainey, a nonviolent offender who was locked in a boiling hot shower for 2 hours by prison guards, leading to his excruciatingly painful death. The prison guards responsible for torturing and killing Darren Rainey must be held accountable. Taken from DailyKos article: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/1/25/1375218/-Prisoner-060954 His name was Darren Rainey and on June 23, 2012, he was boiled alive. In our country. In our name. And paid for, by us. His last known words were: “I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.” According to reports, he screamed those words over and over and over again. And then he stopped screaming. After being removed from the shower, staff administered CPR, with one a nurse registering Rainey’s internal temperature at 102 degrees, well above the normal temperature of 98.6. The autopsy report states that 12 hours after his death, Rainey’s body still had a temperature of about 94 degrees. Darren Rainey was a 50 year old, non-violent offender serving a two year sentence for cocaine possession in Florida’s Dade Correctional Institution. He was housed in the psychiatric ward because he was schizophrenic. For reasons unknown, Rainey, a schizophrenic, had smeared feces on himself. When guards told him to clean it up, he refused. He was then hauled off and handcuffed in “the shower”. Scalding water poured over him for up to two hours. While he screamed in agony and for his life, officers reportedly taunted “how do you like your shower?”. When ‘clean up’ was called in, chunks of skin that had separated from his body were part of what remained. According to reporting, “The shower was just one tool the corrections officers used to torment prisoners in the ward, known as the transitional care unit.” Two full years after his death, no-one had been held responsible. According to a June 2014 Miami Herald report: A Herald investigation, first published in May, showed through public records and interviews by witnesses, including a nurse on duty at the time, that Rainey’s death was never properly investigated by the Department of Corrections or Miami-Dade police. Evidence also suggests that the Department of Corrections might have tried to cover up the incident. Update To The Original Diary (Published Last Year)According to the Miami Herald, four years after his death, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s office has officially ruled what happened to Darren Rainey’s “accidental”. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s autopsy report, completed this week, concluded that Rainey died from complications of schizophrenia, heart disease and “confinement” in the shower back in June 2012, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Rainey, 50, did not suffer any burns anywhere on his body, and investigators could not conclude that the specially rigged shower was “excessively” hot the day he collapsed, the report said. Sources said the autopsy concluded that corrections officers had “no intent” to harm Rainey when they kept him in the shower for up to two hours.  Got that? A shower that was specifically rigged to scald human beings cannot be proven — years after the fact — to have contributed to Darren Rainey being boiled alive.  The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office must now decide whether to charge corrections officers with committing a crime, such as manslaughter, for locking Rainey in the shower and leaving him. A spokesman declined to comment. A federal criminal investigation is also continuing into Rainey’s death.

Jenny Illarramendi
538,211 supporters
Petitioning Joseph R. Biden, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Counter-Terrorism, Kamala D. Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Declare the “Proud Boys” a Terrorist Organization.

The Proud Boys, a radical, dangerous, racist, transphobic group were called to arms by President Trump to “Stand Back and Stand By” during the first Presidential political debate of 2020 on 9/29/2020. This was a call for National Terrorism. Within an hour this group had the slogan printed and were thrilled to be given direction by their leader. This vile group must be declared a Terrorist Organization before more deaths occur. Below is a history of the organization: The Proud Boys was formed in 2016 by VICE Media co-founder, Gavin McInnes. In an op-ed in the far-right outlet Taki’s Magazine—notorious for its regular contributors, which included white supremacist Jared Taylor—McInnes announced the foundation of the group, describing its members as “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologise [sic] for creating the modern world,” and who “long for the days when ‘girls were girls and men were men.’” According to McInnes, the Proud Boys, whose name is taken from a song in the musical Aladdin, are a response and opposition to “politically correct culture.” McInnes’ orders were “We need more violence from the Trump supporters. Choke a bitch. Choke a tranny. Get your fingers around the windpipe. Get a gun." During the last three years, the Proud Boys have established themselves as a dominant force within the alt lite. Easily recognizable, thanks to their black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts and red Make America Great Again baseball caps, members are regulars at far-right demonstrations and Trump rallies. After several years of forging alliances with members of the Republican political establishment, the Proud Boys have carved out a niche for themselves as both a right-wing fight club and a volunteer security force for the GOP.  Despite their associations with mainstream politicians, Proud Boys’ actions and statements repeatedly land them in the company of white supremacists and right-wing extremists. Jason Kessler, the primary organizer of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, is a former Proud Boy. Several members attended the violent August 12, 2017 demonstration that ended in the death of counter-protestor Heather Heyer. During an October 2018 brawl outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan, for which two Proud Boys members were convicted and sentenced to substantial prison terms, and seven others pled guilty, the Proud Boys were joined by the 211 Bootboys, an ultra-nationalist and violent skinhead gang based in New York City. In October 2019, members of the Denver chapter of the Proud Boys marched with members of Patriot Front and former members of the now-defunct neo-Nazi group Traditionalist Worker Party. These relationships show the Proud Boys to be less a pro-western drinking club and more an extreme, right-wing gang. Ideologically, members subscribe to a scattershot array of libertarian and nationalist tropes, referring to themselves as anti-communist and anti-political correctness.  Please sign so we can let our government know we will not stand for such injustice!

Morissette <3
516,796 supporters
Petitioning Fairfax District Office

Justice for Natasha McKenna

Natasha Mckenna, a 37 year-old mother from Alexandria, Virginia living with mental illness, was murdered during a struggle with six police officers on February 3rd, 2015 while naked, handcuffed, and restrained. She was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression at age 14. The police departments involved were fully aware of her struggles with mental illness. The Virginia medical examiner's office determined that her cardiac arrest was caused by 4 uses of a stun gun. No one was charged for the death of Natasha McKenna. The officer that delivered the lethal tasering, Lt. Lucas Salzman, is still gainfully employed by Fairfax County Police Department (salary of over $120k), interacting with young community members, and even posing for photo ops with female prisoners. Sheriff Kincaid has ironically recently spoken at a League of Women Voters event on destigmatizing mental illness, but has not commented on Natasha McKenna’s death outside of the conclusion of the department’s report. We demand justice for Natasha McKenna and accountability for her murder; we condemn the failure of the Fairfax County Prosecutor's Office to bring criminal charges against Lucas Salzman and the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office. We call for the reopening of this case and a legitimate criminal investigation of the officers involved. We call for their termination. We call for the mayor and city council to address the use of unnecessary force and the violation of Natasha McKenna's Constitutional 8th Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. We call for the reallocation of FCPD funds into training mental health professionals and social workers to provide public community services, to prevent police force against the mentally ill. We call for the public officials of Virginia that in any way contribute to the standing and funding of its police departments hold officers like those involved in this case accountable. We call for the U.S. Department of Justice to address these grievances and enact comprehensive policy for mental health calls, beyond jurisdiction of shielded and untrained police departments.

NVCREE
315,333 supporters