John Crawford III Law (Accountability for Wrongful Use of Deadly Force)

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Police Accountability is long overdue.  I have written to U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, U.S. Rep. Marsh Fudge, and US Senator Sherrod Brown all from my state of Ohio, and also Congressman John Lewis a civil rights icon ( who recently passed.  Rest in Power), in hopes that one or all would adopt this legislative proposal on Accountability from Law Enforcement who wrongfully use deadly force, as a federal mandate across the country since 2016.  This legislative proposal is named in honor of John Crawford III who was wrongfully murdered by police while shopping in a Beavercreek Walmart.  This proposal also represents every precious soul that was lost by the wreckless and tactless actions by a public servant that we pay with our tax dollars to protect and serve us.  This is also for every black citizen who is 3 times more likely to be killed by a cop than whites, who live in fear that their lives are not valued because this country has written in the law complete discretion for cops to kill us without impunity.  This law is for every citizen in the United States who don't concede with the violation of their rights and their inalienable right to the preservation of life.  We must continue to fight, even for those who don't have the will to fight for themselves.  It was Dr. King who said, "Our lives began to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." 

If you agree with this proposal, please sign this petition.  Also, please share, write or call the congressmen and women listed below or call your local congressperson and tell them to support the John Crawford III Law.

CALL

Congressman Sherrod Brown: 202-224-2315

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty: 202-225-4324

Congresswoman Marsh Fudge: 202-225-7032

Congressman John Lewis: 202-225-3801

Ask them to SUPPORT and ADOPT the John Crawford Law Proposal – For Accountability for wrongful use of force by law enforcement.

 It reads as follows:

John Crawford III Law (Police Accountability for Wrongful Use of Deadly Force)

On August 5th, 2014, John Crawford III, age 22 was wrongfully shot and killed by police while shopping inside a Beavercreek Walmart.  Mr. Crawford had picked up a bb air rifle while shopping inside the store.  Mr. Crawford was engaged in a phone call with the bb air rifle in hand, and a customer, Ronald Ritchie called 911 and grossly fabricating his account of a man with a gun pointing it at other customers.  Moments later, police entered the store and without any efforts to properly assess the situation, remove customers or wait for adequate reinforcement, they rushed inside, and on the sight of Mr. Crawford, Officer Sean Williams shot and killed him in less than a second.

Mr. John Crawford III, who was someone’s son, father, and American citizen was killed while shopping at his local Walmart.  Nothing was out of order about Mr. Crawford holding a bb air rifle that he was considering for purchase unless we are to believe that without any evidence of a violent act, a young black man with a gun is an automatic threat even in an open-carry state.  Mr. Crawford was further denied justice on September 22, 2014, when a grand jury chose not to indict Officer Williams despite his careless and wrongful use of deadly force against an innocent man.

Therefore, the Crawford Family, Cincinnati and Dayton NAACP, Black Lives Matter Dayton and many other organizations support and implore the adoption of the John Crawford III Law to address incidents of wrongful use of deadly force by law enforcement to provide accountability and justice for citizens who suffered the ultimate consequence for another’s careless misperception, implicit bias, and total disregard to human life.

WHEREAS, states that have Open Carry Laws should have a mandatory protocol on standards of approach by law enforcement so that citizens with a legal and or non-lethal (ie. toy) gun are not gunned down at the sight of a perceived weapon; and

 

WHEREAS, law enforcement use of deadly force should always be the last resort; being their primary roles are to serve and protect and bring the accused to justice, not to become Judge, Jury, and Executioner. The use of deadly force is currently excusable by one’s perception of a threat instead of tangible evidence of a threat;  and

 

WHEREAS, the lack of legal accountability towards law enforcement officers who either negligently or intentionally kill an unarmed and/or innocent citizen is creating an unhealthy mutual fear that is damaging the relationship between police and communities; and

 

WHEREAS, a judicial system that can be corrupt and biased thus affording law enforcement officers broad discretion in determining what is reasonable presumption of fear, which has led to many non-indictments and exonerated police officers, while families are left helpless and without justice; and

 

WHEREAS, law Enforcement Agencies that perform more training hours in Firearm Training than in De-escalation Training are contributing to a police culture that is more volatile than tactful, which can lead to increased instances of the wrongful use of deadly force under false pretenses of an impending threat than an actual threat; and

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the John Crawford III Law will enforce a nationwide mandatory protocol on standards of approach. To ensure the safety of citizens and law enforcement officers.  A uniformed standard of approach that requires officers to do their due diligence and assess the situation before engaging a perceived threat; and

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the John Crawford III Law will eliminate ambiguous language in the law that allows law enforcement to use deadly force under the broadly interpreted “reasonable presumption of fear of a threat” and support a nationwide standard that raises accountability by reducing the use of deadly force to incidents of ABSOLUTE threats; A police officer's first objective should always be to preserve life and to bring the accused to justice for DUE PROCESS; and

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the John Crawford III Law will require mandatory drug testing of all in law enforcement who discharged their fire arms to ensure the mental discernment of the officer(s) was not compromised or under the influence of any illegal substances.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the John Crawford III Law will enforce mandatory de-escalation training for all law enforcement agencies with the requirement that de-escalation training hours be equivalent or more than firearm training.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the John Crawford III Law will enforce on all law enforcement officers, who are paid by tax payer’s dollars, a mandatory termination and a permanent band from any position in law enforcement who are found to have violated the rights of any citizen and, or who has wrongfully used deadly force where evidence prove there was no impending threat.

 

Definition of Incidents of Absolute Threats:

  1. Visibly approaching an officer or citizen in a violent manner
  2. Threatening an officer with a deadly weapon
  3. Deployment of bullets
  4. Victim(s) Bystander(s) injured by suspect(s)

NOT AN ABSOLUTE THREAT-Not reasons to use deadly force

Items that are mistaken as weapons that have not been identified or used in a violent manner (Pellet Guns) Legal Concealed Carry firearms

Resisting arrest without a weapon

Running away

Not immediately responding to a command or sometimes multiple commands

Most routine traffic stops