Petition to stop the destruction of public property and OUR monuments.

Petition to stop the destruction of public property and OUR monuments.

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John M. Lee started this petition to State of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and

We the undersigned people of the State commonly known as Alabama acknowledge that we hold a pecuniary (monetary) interest in both State and Federal monuments and statues. As such we have an absolute right, duty and authority to demand that anyone be held accountable for destroying or vandalizing public property whether they be a public servant(s) failing to protect and/or defend, or an anarchist(s) demolishing historical monuments.

On the night of June 01, 2020 monuments located in Birmingham’s Linn Park dedicated to Charles Linn a Birmingham Founder, a statue of Thomas Jefferson and a Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument were vandalized by a mob of anarchist and opportunist. The statue of Charles Linn was torn down and the statue of Thomas Jefferson was set a fire and defaced. A pickup truck was hooked to the Confederate Monument in an attempt to pull it down. The Confederate Monument was defaced and vandalized. The Birmingham Police Department failed to honor its duty to protection the monuments. Mayor Randall Woodfin appeared after the fact and told the protesters to wait 24 hours and he would have the monuments removed. Police ushered the mob out of Linn Park and past the Jefferson County
Courthouse where windows were knocked out of the Courthouse. The mob was pushed toward a business district where windows were knocked out and looting began.

It appears from the facts surrounding the removal of the Monuments that Woodfin had planned to use the protest to remove the Monuments. Woodfin enlisted Crane Works a crane company from Birmingham who was ready to begin taking down the Monuments and did so shortly after the anarchist were moved down town. Crane Works charged only $1 for its service. Woodfin did this without posting timely notice or allowing a hearing to receive input from we the people who have a monetary interest in these Monuments. Woodfin sided with an angry mob bent on destruction of public and private property thus, neglecting his official duty which is to protect the people of Birmingham, their property and to preserve the peace and dignity of the State. This type of action does nothing to curtail violence, it only encourages
and emboldens those who are set on seeing just how far they can go to create anarchy, civil unrest, loot and steal.

There are two issues here. Anarchist and opportunist (many of whom traveled from other States) were involved in destroying property as well as history belonging to we the people of Alabama. Federal, State and Local tax money has been expended to preserve these Monuments. Thus, rise is given to the fact that these Monuments belong to the people as a whole and not a handful of individuals who choose to redesign history in order to fit their agenda. These Monuments were dedicated not only to Veterans of War but also a Founding Father of our Country.

Therefore, we the undersigned people of Alabama in accord with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence, we the people demand that an investigation be instituted by the United States Department of Justice against the City of Birmingham, Mayor Randall Woodfin and the City of Birmingham’s Police Department to determine if there was abandonment of law enforcement responsibilities with respect to public monuments, memorials, and statues
which casts doubt on willingness to protect other public spaces and maintain the peace within them. We the people demand a determination as to whether Woodfin was unwilling to enforce State and local laws in the face of attacks on our history, whether because of sympathy for the extremists behind this violence or some other improper reason. We the people demand a determination as to whether the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment requires due notice of a hearing and the opportunity to to have our opinion heard before any action is taken to remove public property belonging to the people as a whole.

In the event that a determination is made to the affect that the City of Birmingham, Mayor Randall Woodfin and the Birmingham Police Department collectively or individually committed wrongs against the people, we the people demand that Federal support tied to public spaces and Federal support for local police be withheld from the City of Birmingham. In the event that criminal charges may be brought, we the people demand that the fullest extent of the law be sought against any wrongdoer involved. 

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