Stop Police Abuse and hold racist or untrained cops accountable.

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Stop Police Abuse - Demand that the Humboldt University Police department and Janelle Jackson be held accountable for the unlawful arrest of Samantha Luna and help stop racist or untrained cops everywhere.

Our heart goes out to victims like Eric Garner, Philando Castille, Sandra Bland and many others whose encounters with police for minor violations ended with tragic results. But every day, thousands of smaller incidents are setting the stage for further abusive police tactics. It happens when officers needlessly stop random citizens for no reason and demand to see their “papers” like in Nazi Germany. Or they make a minor traffic stop and use the encounter to assert their dominance and demand unquestioning submission and compliance. And any hint of attitude is met with threat of arrest or further brutality. Instead of de-escalating a situation, officers jump to aggressive tactics and physical force, knowing that they are rarely held accountable for such actions. If we truly want change, we must stop overlooking all the lesser incidents of police abuse that instills officers with a sense of absolute power. We need to stop waiting for the next death and be proactive to ensure that such rogue actions are dealt with accordingly and not just hidden behind some blue wall of silence. Most police officers are good people and want to protect and serve. Let’s not allow those who abuse their power to tarnish the reputation of all the rest. Stop the abuse and demand accountability now.

Samantha Luna's case is one such incident where police abused their authority by escalating a situation and making an unlawful arrest due to her perceived bad attitude. It started with a simple traffic stop for a passenger in the car who was sticking their head out of the sunroof of their vehicle. Samantha was not the one who committed the offense and she was not the driver of the car. The person who looked out the sunroof was arrested for being a minor who was intoxicated and providing false identification. Samantha did not commit any offenses, but when she started asking questions about how to get her friend out of jail, the officer (Janelle Jackson) proceeded to start questioning her and demanding identification. Samantha's last name is Luna, but two last names (Alonso Luna) appear on her license. She was quick to provide clarification when her information did not immediately show up in the system and even offered her driver license number with her last name and date of birth. However, when Samantha became frustrated with the officer's confusion over her last name, the officer started needlessly escalating the situation further and then became unhinged and pulled open the door and started forcefully removing Samantha from the car without warning. While Samantha's attitude may have been less than polite, she was not cursing or being aggressive until the officer started grabbing her without cause. It ended with a rather violent arrest and Samantha was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a “peace” officer and providing false identification, due to the issue with her second last name.

Please sign this petition to demand better training and more restraint from officers in dealing with situations like this, which should never have escalated to the point of an arrest.

I also encourage you to show your support to Samantha Luna on her GoFundMe page, even if it’s just $1.

It will help her not only fight these unjust charges but also take a stand against police abusing their authority and push for more accountability and training in dealing with tense situations. Hopefully, demanding such changes might just make a difference and prevent some other tragic death in the future. Without people like her who stand up for their rights and fight unfair police treatment, we simply inch closer and closer to a police state where officers are free to stop anyone anywhere and demand compliance and submission from all those who would dare to question their authority. Samantha was not driving the car and she was not the person who had her head out the sunroof. Her being questioned and her eventual arrest were simply retaliation for her perceived bad attitude. It is clear from the video which has surfaced that the officer was escalating the situation instead of calming things down and we must have better training and more accountability from police officers in dealing with the public.

Don’t stand by and do nothing when incidents like this arise or you’ll have only yourselves to blame when that officer gets off with no reprimand and feels even more empowered to abuse her police powers in the future. We can’t just sit back and wait until the next death hits the headlines. Be proactive and curb these dangerous behaviors before they lead to a fatality. Make sure that officers are trained in proper deescalation techniques and actually use them and that they are able to control their emotions in tense situations. There will always be people out there who are in a bad mood or having a bad day and officers need to learn to deal with them in a constructive way rather than lashing out and escalating the situation.

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