MO House, Pass SB 53/60 (Police Reform)!!

MO House, Pass SB 53/60 (Police Reform)!!

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Margaret Chaffee started this petition to State Representative Rob Vescovo and

Angelo Quito was a navy veteran that was murdered on December 23rd, 2020. He was suffering with a mental health crisis. When the police arrived he was pinned on his stomach and handcuffed while he pleaded for his life. The officer knelt on his neck for 5 minutes. He was then taken to the hospital and announced dead 3 days later. 

John Albers was murdered in front of his home on January 20th, 2018 in Overland Park. The police were called on a mental health check. John was shot 13 times backing out of his driveway. 

Atatiana Jefferson Was 28 years old when she was shot and killed in her home by a fort worth police officer on October 12, 2019, after her neighbor called a non-emergency number.

Travis Jordan Was 36 years old when two Minneapolis police officers shot at him 8 times and murdered him in front of his house after his girlfriend called the police telling them he was threatening to commit suicide. 

The people whose names you just heard are just 4 of the thousands of people that have been murdered by police on a mental health check over the past few years. 

Senate Bill 53/60will include:

Chokehold ban
Protecting arrested persons from advances
Mental health program
Use of force database
Remove the residency requirement for Kansas City’s police force

Senate Bill 53/60 is now on its way to the Missouri House of Representatives for consideration. 

We are the Kansas City Crisis’ Awareness Team, KC CAT for short. Our names are Bella Aquino and Maggie Chaffee and we are seniors at Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, MO. We are currently enrolled in a program called Designing Real-World Impacts. In this program, we discuss problems occurring in our community that we feel strongly about in making a change. We feel strongly about the challenges that our community faces when it comes to the way first responders react to situations surrounding racial injustice and mental health. We have partnered with Sheila Albers, founder of JOCO United, and Garrett Griffin with Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) to gain a better understanding of the challenges the state of Missouri faces with police response. We spoke with many professionals with the help of our mentors such as Joe SmarroWhite Bird Clinic (CAHOOTS), and Missouri State Senator Brian Williams

Our goal is to bring awareness to what other cities/states in the country [are doing in response to this problem] that Missouri is currently not. Through our research, we have found that there are many different models that police departments use when responding to mental health. During our research, we were introduced to Missouri State Senator Brian Williams, who spoke to us about MO Senate Bill 60 (also combined with Senate Bill 53).Maggie and I wanted to create this petition to not only bring awareness to mental health crisis’ and  racial injustice but to ask for YOUR help in supporting these major issues. We hope you will support us, Senator Brian Williams, Senate Bill 53/60, and the victims of these issues by signing this petition.

Sign to urge the MO house to vote YES on SB 53/60!

What are some other ways you can support these efforts?

Email or write a letter to your state representatives sharing your concerns and urging them to take action 
Purchase a sweatshirt we created to advocate for racial equality
Proceeds go to our community partner, Sheila Albers so she can update JOCO United’s website!

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