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Petitioning Federal Bureau of Investigation, President of the United States, Keith Ellison, The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Mayor Jacob Frey

Justice for George Floyd

George Floyd was murdered on Monday, May 25th, by a police officer putting his knee on his neck for almost 9 minutes. After he said I can't breathe. After bystanders begged him to stop. After he went limp. After he checked his pulse. The knee stayed.  This is an extremely disturbing video but it is a constant reality for Black people existing in this country. If you have not seen the video, I would caution you with a trigger warning.  The officers involved have been fired and the FBI has been called for an independent investigation. We must do our part to ensure that George Floyd receives the justice he deserves.   Please sign this petition addressed to the FBI, The President, The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Mayor Jacob Frey, & Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (formerly: DA Mike Freeman). An email on your behalf will be sent to all of the above. We ask for the quick arrest, and indictment of the officers involved. Derek Chauvin: 2nd Degree Murder update 5/29: Chauvin has been brought into custody & charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.  Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane: Accessory to 2nd Degree Murder The lawyer representing Floyd’s family is civil rights attorney Ben Crump. His account is a great resource. Update: The Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison has taken over the prosections in George Floyd's case. Please call (651) 296-3353 or (800) 657-3787 and tell him to arrest and charge these former officers for the Murder of George Floyd. Please scroll down to posted updates for ways you can spread the word, numbers you can call, and updates on the investigation.  "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" - MLK 

Erica Fagundes
1,613,717 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Children don't belong in cages

The Trump administration is trying to indefinitely imprison immigrant families and children in cages. If he is successful, we’re going to see babies celebrating birthday after birthday from behind a chain link fence – all because their families tried to escape unspeakable violence in their home countries. Join our campaign to end long-term, indefinite detention of immigrant children. Earlier this year, the Trump administration enacted a “zero tolerance” policy, prosecuting and detaining immigrant adults for the “crime” of crossing the U.S. border. Because of a 1997 settlement called Flores, children are not allowed to be detained in prison-like environments such as adult detention facilities for more than 20 days. But now Trump’s new Executive Order would allow for immigrant children to be held in detention indefinitely. The separation of families fleeing violence is cruel and inhumane – but keeping babies in cages indefinitely is much worse. Immigrant detention centers are unsafe for any human being. In the past few years several allegations have surfaced of abuse and sexual assault against detention center guards and we know that people in detention are denied access to basic healthcare services. Already adults are held in these facilities for months on end; it is unimaginable that children would find themselves growing up in these prison-like facilities. If we want to keep families together we should stop prosecuting their parents for making the same decision we would all make: fleeing to the U.S. border to keep our children safe from violence at home. Children don’t belong in cages. Sign our petition to keep them out of long-term detention.

Kids In Need of Defense
1,574,702 supporters
Petitioning United States Supreme Court

Demand a retrial for Angel Bumpass wrongfully convicted 13 year old with a life sentence

13 YEAR OLD FEMALE FALSELY CONVICTED OF MURDER On October 3, 2019, tens years later Angel Bumpass was found guilty of a murder that was committed in 2009, by a jury after only 4 hours and 30 minutes approximately of deliberation.BACKGROUND INFORMATION On January 16,2009 Angel Bumpass was eighth grade star roll student at Brown Middle School. That morning Angel rode the bus from her grandmother's house to school. It was a normal day for Angel, nothing out of the ordinary or spectator happened for her. She rode the bus to arrive home at 2:30 pm....Nine years later on June 14, 2018, she was a 23 year old mother of two, in her second year of school enrolled at Jefferson Community and Technical College. She accepted to the nursing program to begin the program in August 2018. While also working a full time job. Around 6 that morning two detectives came to her door, shockingly, with a warrant for a felony murder to be served to Angel from May 2018. A murder that she had no knowledge of. No one payed attention to the fact that when Angel was 13, that was only 5”0,  and weighted a mere 80 pounds. The evidence against Angel was two partial fingerprints that supposedly came from tape that was used to tie the victim up. The tape in question also had nine other fingerprints that are unknown and were not investigated. A hair was later found on the duct tape 10 years. The hair was never tested. Angel lawyers never got the original duct tape to lift their on prints. The lawyers stated that the duct tape after ten years was no longer available as it had been cut and balled up, yet a picture of the tape and fingerprints were allowed as evidence. The original detective Carl Fields was fire for planting evidence in another case. This was never mention at trial.     Angel's lawyers, Andrea Hayduk and Garth Best, failed to present any type of mitigating circumstances, character witnesses to construct a picture as to who Angel was at that point in her life. To show that she was not culpable of anything of that natural. Angel's lawyers, Andrea Hayduk and Garth Best, were highly disillusioned in the picture they painted leading Angel to believe she had no worries. It was all a mistake that would be sorted out, they told her. That sort never happened and on October 3, 2019 Angel was found guilty due to her lawyers not taking her case seriously. The damage they inflicted is at the expense of her life. JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD AND SERVED! Angels attorney's Andrea Hayduk and Garth Best, violated her constitutional rights when they failed to put any investigation effort into her defense.Any defense counsel has a duty to independently investigate the facts, circumstances, and law in every case they handle in order to be effective.Duty to investigate includes obligation to investigation all witnesses who may have information concerning his or her client's guilt or innocence.Due to Angel's defense attorney decision not to investigate or present a defense resulted in a inadequate performance that was unreasonable.Angel's lawyer lack of investigation and misrepresentation deprived defendant of a fair trial. Angel's lawyer misrepresentation of the facts and laws clearly shows ineffective assistance. Now A Wrong Need To Be Corrected. Angel had a male co-defendant that was 13 years older than her that was found not guilty. Even though he had witnesses that testified to him confessing to solely committing the murder of the victim. Angel and her male co-defendant were both adamant that they didn't know each other and when the witnesses testified against the male co-defendant they also testified that they didn't know Angel nor had the male co-defendant said anything about Angel involvement with him. People have doubt when it comes to Angel's innocent. After all the police do have evidence against Angel. The evidence they have is two finger prints. Well for one moment lets say the police DID NOT have any evidence. Would you still have doubt? Fingerprints: No two people have the same finger prints according to ''experts''.Well lets dive deeper in to finger prints.FIRST, you have more than 150 ridges( lines and loops on the fingerprint)Second, Tennessee just has to match 12 of those ridges to say there are your fingerprints. TWELVE out of HUNDRED AND FIFTY.Third, a computer send 100 of potential matches. Thenthese "experts" who is state motivated do the final match. Here is my thing when it comes to matching fingerprints if nobody have similar fingerprints. How can the computer send HUNDREDS of POTENTIAL matches to the "expert". Then you have the fact that only TWELVE ridges has to match. So what if the "expert only match ELEVEN ridges would she had been a person of interest? What if two people match would they have had to match more ridges than? So now you ask me why didn't Angel have a fingerprint expert. Well she did. The state experts only send Angel's experts pictures of the TWELVE ridges that was found on the duct tape and a picture of Angel TWELVE ridges. This Fact was was only brought to Angel's attention on the SECOND DAY OF TRIAL. Here is a few case where fingerprints was wrongStephen CowensRichard JacksonLana CanenBrandon MayfieldShirley MckieAudrey Cannon   March 27,2020 Angel has a motion for new trial. We need to make sure the new trial is granted and this time the trial is fair.

cordelia bumpass
698,406 supporters
Petitioning Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, President of the United States

Increase The Disabled Veteran Benefits

 According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website as of November 8th 2018. Disabled veterans are paid on a disability scale that starts from 10% to 100% service connected disability. When the veteran is paid for their disability, it is a certain amount and currently the minimum for a 10% Disabled Veteran with No Dependents is 137$ monthly. The maximum amount is for a 100% Disabled Veteran with spouse, two parents and child at $3,527.22 monthly. This amount is too little and needs to be addressed properly by our government officials. For anyone who lives in any major city in the good old USA knows that the National Average of an unfurnished apartment is $1,500+ and climbing. For example, in most popular cities such as Los Angeles and New York City the average rate of housing is well over $2,500+ for two bedroom unfurnished apartments. The VA benefits are not staying ahead of the housing cost by much and forcing veterans into Welfare/Food Stamps and supplemental state assistance income as a necessity in order to eat and survive normally. Rather than the government throw $640 Billion dollars and growing into the military, give a little more to those that have already served and deserve to be better taken care of. Give them the support they need. The funding to live a less stressful life after they have been hurt mentally and physically, lost their limbs or have become paralyzed. Currently, President Trump's requested budget for veterans for FY2019 is $198 Billion dollars, but this is going to be dispersed upon the service providers and facilities and maybe, just a measly 3.9% actual increase for Veterans Disabilities Benefits. This is not fair. Not right. Not enough. Take better care of our vets. Sign this petition and let it be heard. Increase the benefits across the board for all Disabled Veterans. Starting from the 10% Disabled up to the 100% Disabled. All Veterans have sacrificed and should be treated and taken care of fairly. 

Mo Moumné
564,324 supporters
Petitioning Department of Homeland Security

Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico to Help Rebuild its Infrastructure and Economy

Everyone has seen the unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The entire island is without power and thousands of Americans may die.  Many have asked how they can help.  This petition focuses on cutting through bureaucracy that could cost lives and add to the suffering of millions of Americans in Puerto Rico.  The Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act 1920, 46 U.S.C. § 883) prevents foreign ships from carrying cargo between the US mainland and noncontiguous parts of the US like Puerto Rico. Foreign ships can't stop in Puerto Rico to offload goods. Instead, goods are dropped off on the mainland and brought to the island on US flag ships. This makes everything more expensive, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, could actually cost lives. The Department of Homeland Security extended a waiver of the Jones Act to relieve PR, but the waiver expired on September 22, 2017.   I started this petition on Saturday, September 23rd.  By September 28th, this petition garnered nearly 500,000 supporters, and President Trump and DHS agreed to waive the Jones Act for 10 days.  While this is a good start, Puerto Rico will need additional time to rebuild its economy and infrastructure and should receive the benefit of foreign support.  For example, Germany has already begun assisting Puerto Rico with restoring its power grid.  By signing this petition, you are telling the Department of Homeland Security and the President of the United States to waive the Jones Act for 12 months to give Puerto Rico the relief it needs to recover and rebuild its infrastructure and economy.  

Jessica P
550,271 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, U​.​S. Department of State, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United Nations, WHO

BAN THE DOG AND CAT MEAT TRADE WORLDWIDE- Coronavirus Is Only The Beginning

We implore you to call for a worldwide ban against one of the most horrifying atrocities known as the dog and cat meat trade in Asia. Receiving global condemnation, one of the largest petitions ever recorded in history was that against this trade, as millions of Asian citizens scream for outside help. An estimated 30 million dogs and 10 million cats (mainly STOLEN PETS) are taken and purposefully, sadistically and mercilessly TORTURED prior to being barbarically killed by means of being blow-torched, skinned and boiled ALIVE for human consumption every year. It is based off a misguided belief that the more and longer you torture them, the more adrenaline rushes through their bodies therefore, making the meat tastier and increasing mens virility. The footage will bring you to your knees. As these animals are filmed screaming in unfathomable, incomprehensible pain, they are mocked, laughed at and even urinated on as they writhe in agony. On 9/12/18, the USA had taken a stand against this trade with the passing of both; H.R.6720 - Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018 -                                  A federal bill that prohibits the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption in the United States.               Thank you President Trump for signing this into law.                               H.Res.401- A global resolution which urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against such trade. Though every continent upon this earth rejoiced over this news, sadly, that is where it ended. The USA unfortunately did not follow through (utilizing these legislations) to in fact "urge" anyone. Now we have the Coronavirus to deal with which, is only the beginning of numerous infectious diseases that could potentially spread when you have lawless, unrestricted nations in regards to animal protection, their slaughter and consumption. Like the wildlife trade and live markets, the dog and cat meat trade is unregulated, violates every food and safety regulation and is associated with various transmittable diseases such as Rabies (killing 39,000 people in Asia annually), E. Coli, Salmonella, Anthrax, Brucellosis, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Cholera, Trichinellosis, putting us all at risk heading straight towards catastrophe.  The time is now, to call upon China and the rest of the world to ban the consumption of not only wild but domesticated animals too. To act solely upon one, without the other, permits only the next global pandemic to take root. The dog and cat meat trade is not about culture. It is not about eating meat. It's about prolonged, systematic torture. This brutality committed upon the innocent is so vile, so unconscionable, so shocking, it's an outright abhorrent abomination to millions of people,  to humanity and to God. Please call for a worldwide ban and the enactment of animal welfare laws.              After all, they only put the entire world in jeopardy.    Thank you

Amy Alexander
476,458 supporters
Victory
Petitioning President of the United States

Clemency for Timothy Tyler, life for a nonviolent drug offense

My brother Timothy Tyler was just 25 years old when he was sentenced to die in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He's watched murderers and rapists leave prison while he has no chance of ever leaving. He is now 45 years old and I want to bring him home. Timothy was a young Grateful Dead fan, who in May of 1992, sold pot and LSD to a friend who turned out to be a police informant. He had never been to prison before, but a judge was forced to give him double life without the possiblity of parole because of two prior drug convictions — even though both those convictions resulted in probation. Life without the possibility of parole means my brother will never have a chance to live outside of prison walls. It's effectively a death sentence. Tim made mistakes when he was young, but after 22 years in prison, he has more than paid his debt to society. He is not a threat to anyone. He wasn't given a chance to get clean and sober to think about the damage he was doing to his life. They locked him up and threw away the key. But there's hope.  In December, President Obama granted clemency to 8 nonviolent drug offenders who were serving mandatory sentences for crack cocaine. And the Department of Justice recently asked for Bar Associations throughout the country to send them more clemency petitions for nonviolent drug offenders. It costs $25,000 per year to keep my non-violent brother in prison for a mistake he made more than 20 years ago.  So far, that is over half a million dollars.  Not only is that not justice, but it's a waste of money. I need your help to show them that Americans think Timothy has paid his debt to society and shouldn't be housed in a cage at the expense of taxpayers anymore. He should be granted clemency.    

Carrie Tyler
421,195 supporters
Free Steven Avery

This response was posted by the We The People Team at the White House: Thank you for signing a Change.org petition on the Teresa Halbach murder case, currently featured on the "Making a Murderer" documentary series. We appreciate your interest in this case. To best respond to your petition, we should go over what exactly presidential pardoning power entails. The U.S. Constitution grants the power of clemency to the President: "The President ... shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States." This clemency authority empowers the President to exercise leniency towards persons who have committed federal crimes. Under the Constitution, only federal criminal convictions, such as those adjudicated in the United States District Courts, may be pardoned by the President. In addition, the President's pardon power extends to convictions adjudicated in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and military court-martial proceedings. However, the President cannot pardon a state criminal offense. Since Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are both state prisoners, the President cannot pardon them. A pardon in this case would need to be issued at the state level by the appropriate authorities. While this case is out of the Administration's purview, President Obama is committed to restoring the sense of fairness at the heart of our justice system. That's why he has granted 184 commutations total -- more than the last five presidents combined -- and has issued 66 pardons over his time in office (https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/12/18/president-obama-has-shortened-sentences-more-people-last-5-presidents-combined). This Administration has taken a number of important actions to reduce the federal prison population (https://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/population_statistics.jsp) in keeping with the President’s continuing efforts to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/14/fact-sheet-enhancing-fairness-and-effectiveness-criminal-justice-system) at all phases and to better address the vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. These include: -Signing the Fair Sentencing Act, a bill that reduced the 100-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine, and eliminated the mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack cocaine (https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/03/president-obama-signs-fair-sentencing-act). -The Justice Department's "Smart on Crime" initiative, in which federal prosecutors are concentrating efforts and resources on the worst offenders and avoiding triggering excessive mandatory minimums for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders (http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/ag/legacy/2013/08/12/smart-on-crime.pdf). -Commuting the sentences of dozens of people sentenced under outdated and unfair drug laws (https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/07/13/president-obama-announces-46-commutations-video-address-america-nation-second-chance). In 2014, President Obama also issued an Executive Order creating a Task Force on 21st Century Policing (https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/12/18/president-obama-creates-task-force-21st-century-policing) that produced a concrete blueprint for cities and towns seeking to put in place new strategies to build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve while enhancing public safety. (The Task Force’s Final Report is available here: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/policingtaskforce.) And he has met with Americans across the country who are working to improve the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance. Last summer, he became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison (https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/behind-the-lens-photographing-the-president-at-a-federal-prison-ba5a5e7f2e8b#.dolmltkxc). And he continues to work with Congress to pass meaningful criminal justice reform that makes the system more cost-effective, fairer, and smarter, while enhancing the ability of law enforcement to keep our communities safe (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/17/weekly-address-working-meaningful-criminal-justice-reform). To view our response to the Teresa Halabach murder case on We The People, click here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/response-your-petition-teresa-halbach-murder-case Thanks again for raising your voices. We hope you'll continue to participate on the platform. -- The We the People Team

5 years ago