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May 22, 2021
I'm signing this petition bcuz I had an incident with L.A.P.D. METROPOLITAN S.W.A.T. DIVISION where I ended up being shot with 40mm rubber bullets 12 times. I was shot at such a close distance that the rubber bullets actually punctured my skin in numerous places and left severe scarring to my body. I also have a bunch of lumps in my skin from where the bullets hit with such force that they instantly liquefied the fat cells within my skin & muscle tissue, that later solidified into large fat masses. Luckily for me the rubber bullets all hit me center mass (chest & back) bcuz if they had hit me in the head it most likely would have killed me instantly. There was definitely an excessive amount of deadly force used against me that night with he rubber bullets being only a small part of the physical injuries I received that night. I was shot with multiple tazers, the hospital pulled a total of 16 Tazer tips from my body, the K-9 dog was released on me twice, even though I was in plain view of the officers. I sustained an almost completely severed finger, severe damage to the tendons & ligaments of my ankle, & I was in a wheelchair for 8 months, a walker for another 3, then crutches for 2 1/2 months, and have severe balance issues now. I had 187 tooth punctures from the K-9. I got 2 broken ribs and a total of 56 stitches to my head, and my kidneys shut down, most likely from the impact of the rubber bullets. And all of this occurred as a result of me having a warrant for my arrest for not reporting to my probation officer. When the police showed up at my hotel room to arrest me I was extremely high on meth & suffering mental issues from a combination of lack of proper medication, & the meth. I put a knife to my throat & told the cops if they tried to come in my room that I would kill myself. They backed up & called S.W.A.T. & 12 1/2 hrs later they proceeded to almost kill me, to keep me from killing myself & to effect arrest. All without ever consulting any mental health professionals to try to talk to me & talk me down so the situation wouldn't escalate just like it did. So yeah, rubber bullets are not a good form of crowd control, person control, or do any other reason for that matter. I've seen people get hit in the head with them while I was in prison & all 3 sustained serious head injuries, with 2 of them having permanent brain damage, all because they were fist fighting each other. Rubber bullets are a BAD BAD thing & should be banned from use by any Law Enforcement groups globally.