Prevent police brutality and abuse of power

Prevent police brutality and abuse of power

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Esteban Harrison started this petition to Governor Kay Ivey and

     As children, we are taught to respect police officers, and many of us may strive to become who we think the heroes are. The ability to help those in need while protecting those who cannot protect themselves seems like an honorable way to live. What happens to those who gain that power and become the exact opposite of what they initially perceived? What happens when the ones who are supposed to be the protectors become the ones we need protection from?  The departments of law enforcement were originally created to protect and serve the people of the United States. With the regime of late, that prerogative has now become strictly the upholding of laws with no discretion of the lives inflicted.

     I have seen countless videos of police brutality, abuse of power, and have even seen officers completely neglect their responsibilities leading to injury first hand. The one thing that surprises me is that as many people that are outraged by these events, no one seems to be doing anything about it. As a a father, a son, an uncle, a brother, a cousin, a friend, and an American, I do not wish to see any more of our people brutalized by the horrendous acts that are unfortunately allowed to continue. I'm sure most of you feel the same way.

     I propose all current and prospective officers be required to go through additional training to effectively keep our streets safe. The regiment is as follows: At least two (2) forms of hand to hand combat, non-lethal neutralization tactics, negotiation tactics, and behavioral analysis/ psychology classes to deescalate certain situations. I understand these men and women put their lives on the line every day and I respect that. Should that mean our lives as citizens should be in danger any time we come across an officer? I'll leave that answer to you.

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