Defund,demilitarize, dismantle, & open up an immediate investigation VBPD & VBJS

Defund,demilitarize, dismantle, & open up an immediate investigation VBPD & VBJS

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BLM 757 started this petition to Mark herring attorney General, Governor of Ralph Northam

#Day100 – Saturday, September 5, marked BLM757’s 100th day of solidarity and organizing in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Said day was also five year anniversary of Navy veteran India Kager being murdered via  Virginia Beach SWAT team,with her 4 month old in the back seat. Local lawmakers have all but ignored black organizers, and more specifically the city of Virginia Beach has ignored us or willfully obstructed our attempts to be heard.

Virginia Beach Police are responsible for the murder of Demario Joyner, whom they shot in the back of the head. Demario’s dignity was further stripped when his body was left lying on a fence for over 6 hours. Demario was only 17 and an honor student.

Virginia Beach SWAT team is responsible for the assassination of unarmed NAVY Veteran India Kager, who had her car shot up with over 30 bullets with her 4-month-old son in the back seat.
Virginia Beach police and the judicial system are responsible for criminalizing a Black Autistic male by the name of Matthew Rushin for a non-fatal car accident. Even though he admitted losing consciousness, he was denied medical treatment and denied bond to prevent him from seeing a doctor. A neurologist would have exonerated Matthew Rushin by identifying what is likely a seizure disorder. He is now serving ten years of a 50-year sentence for being disabled and autistic.

The Virginia Beach Judicial system has arrested and over-sentenced Champ Turner. Champ is in prison for being violently assaulted and calling the Virginia Beach Police. Judge Shockley is on court transcripts saying, “I don’t know why, how, or what happened […] I’m finding you guilty.” Mr. Turner was attacked by an extremely large white man who appeared to be experiencing a mental health crisis. He defended himself to save his life. Today, his attacker is free without consequence while Champ is in prison for ten years.

March 2020, Virginia Beach police fatally shot Alvin Baum, a 23-year-old who was being served a warrant for missing a court date for a simple possession charge. His family still haven’t received answers. His father said, “For them to be police officers serving a warrant, it doesn’t take [twelve] times to shoot a person. It almost feels like it was just target practice.” Police still haven’t released body cam footage.

Virginia Beach Police have also been caught on video violently arresting peaceful protesters this summer, stepping into the path of protestors then claiming to have been assaulted by marchers trying to step away from them. Assault on an officer is a felony with a six month mandatory minimum sentence. VBPD have shot tear gas and brought full military-style tanks to a PEACEFUL protest. It is for these reasons that they should be demilitarized.

Virginia Beach City Government has stonewalled and ignored our demands for a full disclosure citizens review board with subpoena power. Virginia Beach Police Department continues to harass the Black & Brown citizens it is charged to protect and have countless acts of unresolved incidents of police brutality.
Virginia Beach Police also do not have ANY Black people in their highest ranks. Virginia Beach Police take full advantage of qualified immunity. Virginia Beach judicial system repeatedly obstructs justice by denying Freedom of Information Act requests for body cam footage, 911 calls, and other records which would exonerate innocent Black victims of police misconduct. Appeals are instantly rejected after harsh sentences are doled out.

Colin Stolle, the Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney, and Ken Stolle, the sheriff, are brothers. They occupy the two highest ranks of law enforcement in the city. Among Ken Stolle’s top campaign donors are for-profit prison vendors. They financially benefit from the incarceration of Black lives.

It is for all of these and many other reasons that we are calling for the full dismantling and defunding of the Virginia Beach Police Department. A complete overhaul is much past due.
Please sign this petition for black lives lost or wrongfully incarcerated and for a more equitable future for black citizens of Virginia Beach.

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