Killed Backstage at a Music Concert - Enact "Eric's Law"
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“My colleague’s brother is a U.S. Congressman and she asked me if I wanted to come with her to Barack Obama’s first inauguration in January 2008. So off I went. I thought I would have a seat in the audience, maybe a third tier seat. But on the day of the inauguration, I found myself in the area with all the U.S. legislators, VIPs and the soon to be sworn in President of the United States. As we were entering, I realized that I still had my pocketknife on me and it was too late to toss it. I thought I would be searched and turned away for sure. When we reached security, the security officer said “Congressman, is this group with you?” The congressman replied “Yes”. The security guard waved us through, my pocketknife included, and never searched or checked any of us. Obviously, the security guard assumed that anyone with the congressman must be alright.” –
When I was told this story, my heart sank. You see, on August 22, 2014 at the Live Nation Under the Influence concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, my kind-hearted son Eric Nathan Johnson, II was shot 5 times with a gun and killed backstage. Eric was a well-respected, loving and generous son, father and brother in the Bay Area. News reports say that someone in rapper Young Jeezy’s entourage had a gun backstage and killed my Eric. Later, it was discovered that the Irvine, California police found guns and assault rifles on Young Jeezy’s tour bus. I then discovered that Young Jeezy himself has a history of violence, even threatening to kill his own son.1,2,3,4,5,6
In this country, if you are famous, or identified as a person with the celebrity entourage even if you behave recklessly and violently, you and those with you are never subjected to security and safety inspection. We must move with urgency to change this practice.
I ask that you help me impress upon our United States Congress to enact Eric’s Law. A law that states no matter your celebrity, money, power or influence, no matter if you are homeless or a real-estate mogul, or in one of America’s protected classes, living above, at or below living wage; no matter your ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, rank or age, at all events, all people and their entourage will experience a security and safety check. Had there been a security and safety check for all people, including the performers, performer’s unlicensed and licensed security, and their entourage, my Eric would still be alive today.
Please sign this petition in support of Eric’s Law – Security and Safety Checks for ALL.
Roseanna M. Robinson, mother of beloved Eric Nathan Johnson, II
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