Support Sergeant Artz and Help Chicago Police Officers Donate to Their Communities
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This winter, Chicago Police Sergeant Charles Artz found three young girls living in an abandoned home in Englewood in depolorable conditions. In response, and with the approval of his supervisor, Sergeant Artz launched an effort to raise money and supplies for the girls and their grandmother, who agreed to take care of them. This effort was accomplished through the creation a GoFundMe page for the girls, also known as the "Englewood Angels." However, as a result, Sergeant Artz is now being investigated by the Internal Affairs Unit of the Chicago Police Department for violating Rule 52, which prohibits Chicago police officers from soliciting or seeking contributions of any kind. Moreover, even if Sergeant Artz is exonerated, he will always have this formal complaint lodged against him on his record.
This petition seeks to accomplish two tasks. First, we as a community believe that Sergeant Artz should be commended for his extraordinary actions, not sanctioned for them. Not only did the sergeant provide much-needed help to this family, but his actions undoubtedly worked to build trust between the citizens of the Englewood community and the police department. Accordingly, we ask that the complaint against Sergeant Artz be dismissed and permanently removed from his record.
Second, we ask for the City of Chicago or the Chicago Police Department to amend Rule 52. Police officers are our first responders, who have daily contact with those most in need of help. They should not be prohibited from engaging in such harmless yet much needed activity as creating GoFundMe pages for those they observe to be in need.
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