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Help pass the "Brendon Glenn Law" to ensure police immediately notify the next of kin of anyone killed during a police encounter or while in custody.

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Please help pass the “Brendon Glenn Common Courtesy Law” to federally mandate that the next of kin of anyone who dies during a police encounter, or while in custody, MUST be notified by those directly responsible within 24 hours. Failure to notify the deceased’s immediate family and/or express condolences for the family’s loss, should result in the immediate loss of all pay and benefits of the officer/s responsible, until contact is made and the basic common courtesy (of acknowledging the loss) is extended to the family of the deceased.

The reason why this law is needed is that very few police departments have a policy regarding notification of next of kin, and the few that do treat it only as a suggestion, and provide no training, because they are under no legal obligation to do so.

My dear friend found this out the hard way when the LAPD killed her innocent, unarmed, and fully cooperative son, Brendon Glenn, in Venice Beach on May 5, 2015.  My friend, who believed her son was perfectly fine and healthy, had no idea that he had been shot and killed by the police - until a friend of Brendon’s phoned her - days after his death.

Fifteen (15) days later, on May 20, 2015, when Brendon’s body was finally flown home and laid to rest next to his beloved grandmother in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy, NY, his family still had not heard a single word from any police organization and, as they sadly discovered, they never will. Had Brendon’s friend in California not phoned his family in New York, the police could have sent Brendon’s body to a ‘Potter’s Field’ and left the family forever wondering and worrying about what had become of this wonderful young man.

This type of unaccountability is completely unacceptable! Even in times of war, more respect is paid to fallen enemies than is paid to the innocent, unarmed victims of police violence here at home.

So, in recognition of the fact that Brendon Glenn was unfailingly polite, kind, respectful, non-judgmental, and filled with compassion for people and animals alike, who he consistently went out of his way to help throughout his too short life, we wanted to create a lasting tribute.  A tribute that would best honor and define the extremely considerate and loving man he always was.  A tribute that will, hopefully, provide his heart-broken family, and especially his three year-old son, Avery (who is too young to understand why he can’t see or talk with his daddy who was his hero), some solace, and to reassure the countless number of folks who loved Brendon on both coasts, that his death was not entirely in vain.

It is with that intention that we propose the "Brendon Glenn Common Courtesy Law" - to help resurrect the basic, human, common courtesy of notifying next of kin and expressing sorrow - to ensure no other family is ever left wondering and worrying about a loved one.

To that end, the police need not discuss circumstances nor culpability, they need only to account for their actions by physically knocking on the family’s door if at all possible, and phoning if not, and saying:

“It is my unfortunate duty to inform you that your (mother, father, daughter, son, etc.) died at (time and date) during an encounter with the police (or while in custody).  Please know that we are terribly sorry for your loss.”

That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less.  Just a simple, basic, common courtesy -  to be extended by the police responsible - to the next of kin; the good citizens who pay them to serve and protect and who, ultimately, deserve to be treated with a little human dignity and kindness when the unimaginable loss of a loved one occurs.

Thank you.



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