Law enforcement officers should be held responsible for their actions during the protests

Law enforcement officers should be held responsible for their actions during the protests

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Jake Bontempo started this petition to Human Beings and

In Louisville, an unarmed black man named David McAtee - who was known to serve police officers free food from his restaurant - was shot dead in the middle of the street by law enforcement; his body was left there and his death was unreported. Not a single officer involved had their body cameras turned on - a very intentional step taken to free them of responsibility for their actions. Another black man was MURDERED in the streets by law enforcement and none of the perpetrators will be held accountable.

A little black girl in Seattle was maced by a cop while walking home after a 5pm curfew had been enacted. A little girl. Unarmed and no threat to anyone. But a law enforcement officer felt the need to mace her, or maybe rather, saw an opportunity to take out his frustration on a child. Why? Because he believed he could not be held accountable for his actions. Because he was covering his badge number. Because he thought he was a faceless soldier in a war against protesters. Because he was counting on the law enforcement system to keep him from facing consequences of his actions.

Law enforcement is continuing to hide behind a shield of anonymity to allow its members to act without repercussion. Body cameras and badge numbers were instituted as a check on law enforcement officers’ power, to remind them they are all individuals under the law, to remind them that they are held accountable by the people they have sworn to serve and protect. By doing away with these checks and balances, law enforcement has sent the clear message that they will not be held accountable for their actions, that they will gladly use violence and do so with impunity.

OFFICERS WHO DEACTIVATE THEIR BODY CAMERAS AND HIDE THEIR BADGE NUMBERS TO PREVENT THEMSELVES FROM TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS SHOULD BE PROSECUTED.

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