Let’s Get The Kenosha County Sheriff David G. Beth Fired

Let’s Get The Kenosha County Sheriff David G. Beth Fired

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Saphira Orrion started this petition to Mayor - Kenosha, WI John Antaramian and

     On 9/1/2020, I was informed of the abhorrent language used by the Kenosha, WI County Sheriff, David G. Beth, during a press conference for a crime back in 2018. It is not often that I feel compelled to speak publicly, much less muster efforts to affect change. However, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” With this in mind, I feel obliged to shine light on this individual for incredibly antiquated beliefs. Essentially calling for genocide, he states: 

     “Let’s put them in Jail. Let’s stop them, truly, at least some of these males, from going out and getting 10 other women pregnant and having small children. Let’s put them away. At some point, we have to stop being politically correct…If there’s a threshold that they cross, these people have to be warehoused. No recreational time in the jails. We put them away…And maybe what we gotta do is build warehouses, that after this generation is gone, they’ve perished in these buildings, we can turn them into something else. Maybe malls, maybe Amazon will buy them as warehouses later. But at some point, we have to get rid of this group of people. We have to lock them up. I don’t think I’m saying anything different than most people in society aren’t thinking, but they’re afraid to say it. And I’m just to the point that I’m saying it.”

This was all but explicitly referring to POC, if not the Black population directly. As a black American myself I am horrified.

     I am a daughter of a humble immigrant, and the United States my father decided to move from the small island of Haiti to, the United States he still believes is the “Promise Land” for the children of immigrants, has allowed Sheriff Beth to speak with such blatant callous from behind that microphone. In uniform. These are the same officers who swear to protect ALL communities, but spew racist rhetoric and hatred while daring to wear a badge with pride. This whole police department has been finding itself on the ugliest side of history because David G. Beth does not seem to be unique. For now, I call for action. The Sheriff can either resign with grace from his position or be fired. And although I do not hail from Wisconsin, I know the citizens of this lovely state cannot allow for his bigotry to continue. Nor should Wisconsin lawmakers or the GOVERNOR, Tony Evers!! PLEASE sign this petition so that the racists do not feel power for another day. Lend your voice to a cause that is larger and more prevalent than one individual or one incident. Give your name to ensure that those who hold passions of racism and discrimination are placed on firm notice. They will not be tolerated and will one day be rooted out with swift moral action. Thank you!

Original 2018 Press Conference

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 8/31

Photo Credit: Brandon Bell (Getty Images)

Resources

Governor Tony Ever's Opinion Page

Governor’s Madison, WI Office Phone Number: (608) 266-1212

Governor’s Milwaukee, WI Office Phone Number: (414) 227-4344

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul: (608) 266-1221

Kenosha District Attorney Michael D. Graveley: (262) 653-2400

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian: (262) 653-4000

 

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