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Justice for Tzvetan Vassilev: Stop the Violent Abuse of Human Rights in Bulgaria Now!

We, the undersigned, express our support for Tzvetan Vassilev’s application under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and believe that the US Government should help Bulgaria fight corruption and abuse of human rights by identifying and sanctioning corrupt State officials who violate human rights. Please sign and share: This is also a chance to raise concern among the Global Civil Society! #justiceforVassilev #stopBulgariancorruption #stopBulgarianmafia #stophumanrightsabuse        #globalMagnitsky What is the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act? In 2012 the Obama Administration passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act to sanction Russian corrupt officials implicated in abuses of human rights by refusing them US visas and by freezing their overseas assets. The Act is named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer, who was routinely tortured and ultimately beaten to death while imprisoned in Russia for exposing corruption at the highest level of the Russian government (http://www.billbrowder.com/sergei-magnitsky). The Act was approved with strong bipartisan support. In 2016, the scope of the Act was enlarged to target the abuse of human rights on a global scale. Earlier this year, former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson took personal interest in the case of Tzvetan Vassilev who is subjected to abuse of human rights by Bulgaria as he exposed the corrupt mechanisms of Bulgaria’s political mafia. You can read Governor Richardson’s reasons why he believes that those who victimized Tzvetan Vassilev should be sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act here: http: //www.richardsondiplomacy.org/news/tzvetan-vassilev-bulgarias-magnitsky/ Bill Richardson is also a former US Ambassador to the United Nations and former Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton. He has dedicated his career to fighting against human rights abuses in many countries, including helping the release of American citizens detained in North Korea. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize four times (http://www.richardsondiplomacy.org/).  On 11 August 2017, Tzvetan Vassilev’s lawyers submitted an application to the US Government under the Magnitsky Act, providing concrete evidence of how Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov and Member of Parliament Delyan Peevski have deliberately violated Vassilev’s human rights to hide corruption on a massive scale. According to Wikipedia, Prosecutor General Tsatsarov has been implicated in a number of high profile corruption cases. There are suspicions that Bulgaria's prosecution fabricates charges to attack opponents of politicians and to plunder their business—what is known as “corporate raiding.” See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sotir_Tsatsarov Delyan Peevski is a figure from one of the most powerful political parties in Bulgaria who happens to control most Bulgarian media and to use them for tarnishing campaigns which are purposefully aimed at destroying the reputation and business of his political opponents. He has already been called the “iceberg of corruption” by Der Spiegel, a reputed German media, and investigative journalists have raised concern about his negative influence on freedom of speech (https://bivol.bg/en/reporters-without-borders-latest-report-media-when-oligarchs-go-shopping-peevski-is-swinging-media-baseball-bats.html). Who is Tzvetan Vassilev? Tzvetan Vassilev is a Bulgarian bank owner and philanthropist, once ranked the most influential person in Bulgaria by Forbes, who exposed corruption at the highest level of Bulgarian government (www.vassilev.bg). He and his family have been subjected to political repression and abuse of human rights since 2014. Tzvetan Vassilev was a key figure in Bulgarian society who was outspoken about its problems. For instance, in 2013 he criticized the Bulgarian president for defending corporate interests before the Austrian Der Standart: http://derstandard.at/1363705901476/Der-Praesident-vertritt-Unternehmerinteressen. Coverage and translation in English can be found here: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/president-defends-business-interests-says-leading-bulgarian-banker/ In 2014, he explained before the German Handelsblatt that Bulgaria’s biggest problem is that politicians consider themselves ‘untouchable,’ alluding to the rampant corruption in the country: http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/freizuegigkeit-in-der-eu-wir-bulgaren-sind-nicht-die-groesste-gefahr/9407520.html. Coverage and translation in English can be found here: http://www.novinite.com/articles/157772/Bulgarian+Banker+Wants+Solidarity+from+EU.  In 2014, he also helped the start of a new political project calling for reform. The attack against him and his family started in 2014 when he refused to transfer assets of the bank for ‘free’ to Delyan Peevski. What followed was a classic example of “corporate raiding”: a tarnishing media campaign in media affiliated with Peevski, false accusations, an arrest warrant, an Interpol Red Notice, and a freeze order on all his assets. Needless to say, all of these are accompanied by abuse of process and refusals to appeal. Meanwhile, the assets are plundered by businesses affiliated with Peevski and Bulgaria’s ruling party. Vassilev has been vocal about the blackmailing and threats he has received prior to 2014 and following the onset of the attack by the Bulgarian government. Yet, each time he presents concrete evidence of corruption on the highest level, the government retaliates. When in 2016 he showed documents demonstrating corruption on a massive scale, instead of investigating the case, the prosecution fabricated false charges against his wife, a respected university professor and established scholar, and issued an Interpol Red Notice for her too (https://medium.com/@antoanetavassileva/the-brutal-violations-of-human-rights-in-bulgaria-and-why-the-european-union-should-be-concerned-c913233c836b).  When on 11 August 2017, Vassilev's lawyers submitted an application under the Magnitsky Act, the prosecution fabricated fake charges against his daughter, who is also a scholar, two days later and issued an arrest warrant (http://www.vassilev.bg/en/open-letter-to-the-president-of-the-republic-of-bulgaria_7_51).  Bulgaria’s Failed Democracy According to Transparency International, Bulgaria is the most corrupt country in the European Union, In fact, even countries, which are not in the European Union, such as Burkina Faso and Ghana, are considered less corrupt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index).  According to public opinion polls, public distrust in Bulgaria’s Prosecution is 94%. According to Reporters without Borders, Bulgaria is 109th in the world according to freedom of press. In countries like the Ukraine and Kuwait, journalists have more freedom (https://rsf.org/en/ranking). In fact, many independent Bulgarian journalists not affiliated with Peevski’s media are all facing fabricated criminal charges. According to the International Property Rights Index, Bulgaria is 85th in the world for the respect of private property. Key factors examined by the index are the legal and the political environment. It is among the countries with the highest likelihood of expropriation (https://ipri2017.herokuapp.com/CountryResults).  Moreover, according to the Council of Europe, judicial independence in Bulgaria is compromised (https://rm.coe.int/fourth-evaluation-round-corruption-prevention-in-respect-of-members-of/16807342c8).  In 2016, the President of the Venice Commission, which advises the Council of Europe on constitutional matters, said the following about the Bulgarian Prosecution: “The Soviet model of the prosecution must be decisively turned down. It turns it into a source of corruption and blackmail and creates opportunities for its use for political aims.” (http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/postponed-eu-monitoring-of-bulgaria-s-prosecution-worries-experts-05-31-2016) Totalitarian and former-communist countries like Bulgaria traditionally abuse Interpol’s Red Notice procedure to attack political opponents (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/27/interpol-accused-red-notice-requests).  Social activists have been asking for the resignation of Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General for years (http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bulgaria-chief-prosecutor-s-controversial-meeting-sparks-protests-04-24-2017).  In August 2017, Bulgaria implemented amendments to its Code of Criminal Procedure, which have been called anti-constitutional by the Association of Bulgarian judges and the Association of Bulgarian Lawyers and a ‘highway to an authoritarian dictatorship’ by Bulgaria’s civil society. Nineteen NGOs have raised concern about these amendments.  Why Should that Matter to You? By signing this petition, you are supporting Bulgaria’s fight against corruption and abuse of human rights and you are helping Bulgarians ensure a better future. While there may be corruption in other places around the world, the scale in Bulgaria is monstrous. The Magnitsky Act is a chance to sanction key figures of Bulgaria’s political mafia. This is not a partisan issue! This is a question of principle and justice. Moreover, applying the Magnitsky Act could be a powerful deterring signal for other corrupt regimes around the globe. This would encourage them to reconsider their practice of abuse. Furthermore, you will be waking up the European Commission which seems to have abdicated from its duty to serve as the Guardian of the Treaties. Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union requires all member states to enforce the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. The European Commission has the responsibility to oversee the application of the Treaties and it has powers of investigation, prevention, and sanction. While the European Commission has received hundreds of complaints about the abuse of human rights by Bulgarian authorities since 2014, they keep replying they are not ‘competent to investigate.’ This is not true! The institutions are competent, but some people working in them are turning a blind eye…for now. Moreover, they are sending a dangerous signal to national political leaders in Europe that they can act with impunity! Finally, think about it: What if that happens to you or to somebody you know one day? What if you are accused on falsified grounds? What if you are not allowed to appeal? What if the government changes the laws to create new crimes and apply them retroactively? Do you want to live in a country supporting political repression and abuse to help politicians steal money? #justiceforVassilev #stopBulgariancorruption #stopBulgarianmafia #stophumanrightsabuse #globalMagnitsky   ======================================================== Разписвайки тази петиция, изразявате своето недоволство срещу корупцията в България и системното неспазване на европейското право! Тъй като бяха направени много спекулации през последните седмици, бих искала да направя следните уточнения: 1.       Целта на закона „Магнитски“ е да идентифицира и санкционира корумпирани държавни чиновници, които нарушават човешките права. С други думи, няма да бъде наказана България, а конкретните личности, извършили нарушенията. Разбира се, ако американското правителство прецени след като разгледа случая! 2.       Целта на внесената жалба от Фондацията на губернатора Ричардсън не е Цветан Василев да избяга от правосъдие в България, а да се санкционират корумпирани лица, които нарушават основни човешки права. 3.       Целта на тази петиция е да привлече вниманието на международната общност върху случилото се с КТБ и несправедливо обвинените в този казус, за да се гарантира справедлив и обективен съдебен процес! Водещият текст е на английски, за да сезираме глобалното гражданско общество за безобразията в страната. Aко желаете да коментирате защо разписвате петицията, може да изразите мнението си на български или на чужд език.  По-долу ще намерите превод на български език! =========================================================   Справедливост за Цветан Василев: спрете бруталното погазване на човешките права в България сега! Ние, долуподписаните, подкрепяме молбата на Цветан Василев по закона „Магнитски“ и вярваме, че правителството на САЩ трябва да съдейства в борбата срещу корупцията и потъпкването на човешките права в България, като идентифицира и санкционира корумпирани чиновници, които системно потъпкват човешките права. Моля подпишете и споделете: това е още една възможност да се привлече вниманието на глобалното гражданско общество! #justiceforVassilev #stopBulgariancorruption #stopBulgarianmafia #stophumanrightsabuse       #globalMagnitsky Какво представлява законът „Магнитски“? През 2012 г. администрацията на президента Обама прие закона „Магнитски“ с цел санкциониране на корумпирани държавни служители, които са нарушили човешки права, чрез отказ на визи за САЩ и блокиране на сметките им в чужбина. Законът носи името на Сергей Магнитски - руски адвокат, който умира след изтезания в ареста, в резултат на това, че е разкрил корупционни схеми на най-високите етажи на властта в Русия (http://www.billbrowder.com/sergei-magnitsky ). Законът е получил силна подкрепа и от Демократите, и от Републиканците. През 2016 г. обсегът на закона е разширен – в момента се прилага спрямо поругаването на човешките права от държавни служители в цял свят. В началото на тази година, бившият Губернатор на Ню Мексико Бил Ричардсън лично се заинтересува от случая на Цветан Василев, чийто фундаментални човешки права са системно нарушавани от страна на властите в България, след като отказа да прехвърли активи на КТБ на политическата мафия в страната. Може да се запознаете с причините, поради които Губернатор Ричардсън счита, че държавните служители, които са накърнили правата на Цветан Василев, трябва да бъдат санкционирани по закона „Магнитски“ тук: http://www.richardsondiplomacy.org/news/tzvetan-vassilev-bulgarias-magnitsky/ Превод на български може да намерите тук: https://clubz.bg/57237-zashto_richardsyn_zastava_na_stranata_na_cvetan_vasilev Бил Ричардсън е бил посланик на САЩ в ООН, а така също и Секретар по енергетика в администрацията на Бил Клинтън. Той е посветил последните няколко десетилетия от живота си на борбата за защита на човешките права в много страни. Дори е участвал в преговорите за освобождаването на американски граждани от затворите на Северна Корея. Номиниран е за Нобелова награда за мир четири пъти: http://www.richardsondiplomacy.org/  На 11.08.2017 г. Центърът за глобална ангажираност (Center for Global Engagement) на Бил Ричардсън внесе молба в Държавния департамент на САЩ, съпроводена с конкретни доказателства за това как Главният прокурор на Република България Сотир Цацаров и депутатът Делян Пеевски умишлено са погазили правата на Василев с цел да прикрият мащабна корупция в държавата. Според английската версия на Wikipedia, Главният прокурор г-н Цацаров е замесен в редица случаи, свързани с корупция на високите нива на управление в страната и с практиката на фабрикуване на обвинения за наказателно преследване на „политически неудобни“ лица, с цел разграбване на техния бизнес – явление, познато като „рейдърство с участие на държавните институции“.  Страницата в Wikipedia може да разгледате тук: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sotir_Tsatsarov Делян Пеевски е член на една от най-влиятелните политически партии в България, който контролира пряко или косвено голяма част от медиите в страната и ги използва за компрометиращи кампании. Той е наречен „айсберг на корупцията“ от известната немска медия Der Spiegel, а според разследващи журналисти неговите действия представляват сериозна заплаха за свободата на словото в страната: https://bivol.bg/en/reporters-without-borders-latest-report-media-when-oligarchs-go-shopping-peevski-is-swinging-media-baseball-bats.html Кой е Цветан Василев? Цветан Василев е български банкер, който публично изобличава корупцията на най-високите етажи на властта в България (www.vassilev.bg ). Той и семейството му са подложени на репресии и нарушаване на човешки права от 2014 г. насам. До 2014 г., е един от най-големите данъкоплатци в страната и дарител на различни благотворителни инициативи. Преди време бе посочен от Форбс като най-влиятелната личност в България. Цветан Василев е считан за ключова фигура в българското общество, с открита позиция по наболели теми. През 2013 г., например, критикува тогавашния български президент пред авторитетното австрийско издание Der Standart, заради защита на корпоративни интереси: http://derstandard.at/1363705901476/Der-Praesident-vertritt-Unternehmerinteressen През 2014 г. Василев разяснява пред известната немска медия Handelsblatt, че най-големият проблем на България е, че политиците се мислят за „недосегаеми“, като намеква за плашещата корупция в страната: http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/freizuegigkeit-in-der-eu-wir-bulgaren-sind-nicht-die-groesste-gefahr/9407520.html През 2014 г. той подкрепя старта на нов политически проект, ориентиран към реформи. Репресиите срещу него и семейството му започват през 2014 г., когато отказва да прехвърли „безвъзмездно“ голяма част от активите на Корпоративна търговска банка АД на г-н Делян Пеевски. Това, което последва след това, е класически пример за „рейдърска атака“: „черна“ пиар кампания в медиите, контролирани от Пеевски, фалшиви обвинения, заповед за арест, червена бюлетина на Интерпол и блокиране на всички активи. Всичко това, съпътствано от груби процедурни нарушения и отказ за обжалване. Междувременно активите на банката са разграбени от мафиотските кланове, близки до Пеевски и до управляващата партия. Василев е давал гласност на опитите за изнудване и заплахи за живота му преди и след атаката срещу банката. Всеки път, когато той представя доказателства за корупция на най-високо ниво, държавните институции му отмъщават реципрочно. Когато през 2016 г. Василев показа документи, уличаващи в корупция отговорни фактори в държавата, вместо да разследва случая, българската прокуратура скалъпи фалшиво обвинение срещу съпругата му, уважаван университетски професор и учен, и й издаде „Червена бюлетина“ на Интерпол: http://bit.ly/2wHfnGi  Веднага след като Фондацията на Бил Ричардсън, която защитава жертви, чиито човешки права са поругани, внесе молбата по закона „Магнитски“ пред американското правителство на 11.12.2017 г., прокуратурата изфабрикува обвинение срещу дъщеря му, също научен изследовател, и издаде заповед за арест: http://bit.ly/2xBuvl3 Провалът на демокрацията в България Според Transparency International България е най-корумпираната страна в ЕС. Всъщност, дори страни, които не са членки на ЕС като Буркина Фасо и Гана, имат по-ниски нива на корупция: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index Социологически изследвания сочат, че общественото недоверие към българската прокуратура е 94%. България заема 109-то място в света по свобода на словото според „Репортери без граници“. В страни като Украйна и Кувейт журналистите имат по-голяма свобода: https://rsf.org/en/ranking Не е случайно, че много независими журналисти в България, които не са свързани с медиите на Пеевски, са с обвинение от прокуратурата за „криминални“ деяния. Според Международния индекс за право на собственост, България е класирана на 85-то място в света що се отнася до зачитане на правото на собственост. Ключови фактори, които са взети предвид, са правната рамка и политическата среда. България е сред страните с най-голяма вероятност от експроприация: https://ipri2017.herokuapp.com/CountryResults Нещо повече, според Съвета на Европа независимостта на българския съд е компрометирана https://rm.coe.int/fourth-evaluation-round-corruption-prevention-in-respect-of-members-of/16807342c8 През 2016 г. председателят на Венецианската комисия, който консултира Съвета на Европа по конституционни въпроси, каза следното за българската прокуратура: „Съветският модел на българската прокуратура трябва категорично да се разруши. Той е източник на корупция и изнудване и създава възможности да се използва за политически цели.“ http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/postponed-eu-monitoring-of-bulgaria-s-prosecution-worries-experts-05-31-2016 Тоталитарните режими и страните от бившия социалистически блок като България обичайно злоупотребяват с издаването на „Червени бюлетини“ на Интерпол, за да атакуват политически и икономически съперници: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/27/interpol-accused-red-notice-requests Активисти на гражданското общество отдавна искат оставката на Главния прокурор: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/bulgaria-chief-prosecutor-s-controversial-meeting-sparks-protests-04-24-2017 През август 2017 г. България прие поправки в НПК, които са определени като противоконституционни и в разрез с международните норми от Съюза на юристите в България и Съюза на съдиите и като „бърза писта към авторитарна диктатура“ от гражданското общество в България. Всъщност, 19 НПО също са изразили сериозни притеснения относно поправките. Защо всичко това ви касае? Подписвайки тази петиция, подкрепяте борбата срещу корупцията и накърняването на човешките права в България и помагате на нейните граждани да имат по-добро бъдеще. Корупция има и на други места по света, но мащабите ѝ в България са чудовищни. Законът „Магнитски“ е една възможност да бъдат санкционирани ключови фигури на българската политическа мафия. Въпросът не е политически, а правен. Прилагането на закона „Магнитски“ може да бъде силен предупредителен сигнал  и за други корумпирани режими по света.  Това ще ги окуражи да преразгледат практиките си на поругаване на човешки права. И още, вие ще съдействате за събуждането на Европейската комисия, която изглежда е абдикирала от основното си задължение да служи като пазител и гарант за изпълнение на Договора за Европейския съюз (Guardian of the Treaties). Член 2 от Договора за ЕС изисква всички страни членки да съблюдават ценностите на зачитане на човешкото достойнство, свобода, равенство, правовия ред и спазване на човешките права. Европейската комисия има задължението да разследва, да предотвратява и да санкционира страни членки, които не спазват Договора за ЕС. Европейската комисия е получила стотици жалби относно нарушаването на човешките права от властите в България, на които европейските чиновници дежурно отговарят, че „не са компетентни да разследват“. Това е категорично невярно! Институциите са компетентни, но някои хора, които работят в тях, просто си затварят очите…засега. По този начин, те изпращат опасен сигнал до националните политически лидери в Европа, че могат да действат безнаказано. И накрая помислете: Ами ако това се случи с вас или с някого, когото познавате? Как бихте се чувствали,  ако ви повдигнат измислени абсурдни обвинения? А ако не ви позволят да обжалвате? Смятате ли, че е нормално властите да променят законите ад хок, за да измислят нови престъпления и да прилагат същите закони ретроактивно, в разрез с фундаменталните принципи на правовата държава? Искате ли да живеете в страна, в която се толерират политически репресии и погазване на човешките права, за да могат политиците да присвояват пари?  #justiceforVassilev #stopBulgariancorruption #stopBulgarianmafia #stophumanrightsabuse #globalMagnitsky  

Radosveta Vassileva
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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Georgia Governor, Georgia State House, Nathan Deal, Georgia State Senate, Donald Trump, Gerald Greene, Johnny Isakson, John Lewis, President of the United States, Lynn Westmoreland, Doug Collins, Tom Graves, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Valencia Seay, gbi.state.ga.us

JUSTICE FOR KATELYN NICOLE DAVIS

We For The People Demand Justice We Demand The Arrest Of Tammy Parish Roger. We The People, Want All Charged Who Failed To Upheld Their Sworn Duties To Protect And Serve We The People For The People Demand The Arrest Of Biological Mom Tammy Parish Roger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNK96CrHb8o Step Father Anthony Roger And All Whom Failed The Children From Law Enforcement To Child Protective Services To Family And Friends Whom Knew Abuse Was Occurring With All The Children,  We ask that all whom failed  to be charged with negligent homicide.Felony child abuse,felony child neglect , negligent homicide child endangerment  for the  role in Katelyn death. Anthony Roger we know in Katelyn's videos made sure all knew that Anthony groomed her and her siblings we also know that He Anthony told Katelyn to kill her self we also know he called Katelyn horrible names Tammy parish rogers is Katelyn moms full name, child abuse, child neglect, child endangerment, and neglect homicide charges filed against Tammy for Katelyn death and currently abusive to siblings photos on a family members instagram account was pictures of the siblings showing bruises on face and neck they was not shadows those photos was taken at a pre wedding in either Jan or February of 2017 also was a picture of Tammy with a black eye also not a shadow as some state when pictures was posted some people blew the photos up which displayed the bruises.  Why hasnt charges been filed how long does it take a detective to go thru Katelyn phone to see proof of all abuse and statements that Tammy admitted to about Anthony rogers step father touching her and siblings also facts of Tammy admitted to snorting and selling her pain pills so why no arrest I'll tell you law enforcement is family also child protection services are family.  We want arrest of Tammy Parish Rogers and convicted of all charges and remaining children placed in the care of a safe loving families.  Katelyn Nichole Davis, a 12-year-old from Polk County, Georgia killed herself on December 30th 2016. She hung herself in her front yard. Her body was not found for over 20 minutes.The mother, Tammy Michelle Rogers, knew of the abuse beforehand and knew that Katelyn had cut herself in a plea of someone to stop the abuse. Tammy also knew of the possible abuse to the two other children by her husband.We demand the children be placed into protective custody until the mother is fully investigated and proven to be a fit mother to her two remaining children. We need to know why the CPS and others did not look into the facts learned after this death of a 12 year old child. The step-dad should be charged with the death of Katelyn as his abuse drove her to killing herself. The mother should be charged as well as an accomplice in her suicide and felony child abuse, neglect and felony child endangerment charges for not doing the right thing. , Anthony Lee Rogers has been on Katelyn’s social accounts and deleting many items there to cover his tracks. We demand the police get this proof of abuse and charge him with tampering with evidence.It is bad enough when the legal system covers up their short comings by hiding behind a wall of silence. It is worst to allow the children to stay with a mother who cared so little about her daughter and only herself she allowed her husband to abuse the child into killing herself.Cops Investigate What Led to 12-Year-Old Girl's Suicide as They Plead for Death Video's Removalby Caitlin Nolan 3:46 PM EST, January 12, 2017 A 12-year-old Georgia girl took her own life after alleging she had been sexually and verbally abused by a family member, hanging herself in the yard of her family’s home as her cell phone broadcast the incident live on the internet. “I really am truly sorry for everything. But I can’t do this. I’m sorry,” Katelyn Nicole Davis says to the camera on December 30, crying and continuing to apologize before killing herself. The video continued to roll for about 20 minutes after Katelyn hanged herself, ending as her phone rings repeatedly and what sounds like someone in the distance calling her name. Police responded to the Cedartown home, rushing the preteen to Polk Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at about 6 p.m. The County Coroner will determine Katelyn’s official cause of death. Though their investigation initially focused on the manner of Katelyn’s death, police have since shifted to probing to what could have led to her taking her own life, The Polk Standard Journal reported. Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd told the Journal that allegations of abuse and attempted rape Katelyn posted in an online diary entry on December 27 are being investigated. In the entry, which was written under the pseudonym “Dolly” and has since been removed, the author alleges a male relative hit her with a studded belt and tried to rape her. In another entry posted that same day, “Dolly” — a name Katelyn was known to go by on the internet —brainstorms ways in which she can kill herself before writing she is suffering from depression and asking readers for advice on how to deal  “Katelyn was not a troubled child — she was very smart and she smiled when she was out of that house," neighbor Reianne Meadows told InsideEdition.com. "It was the environment she was in. This isn’t about what she did — it’s about why she did it." Meadows said the young girl was often tasked with watching over her younger half-brother and half-sister in an allegedly volatile household. “From my house, you could stand in the front yard … and [her stepfather] could be heard screaming, yelling, cussing,” said Meadows, whose backyard abutted the side of Katelyn’s family’s home. “That night … I heard a loud howling noise coming from over there and saw two police cars and I thought nothing of it, just thought they were at it again. I then saw three more police cars, a fire truck and an ambulance. Then my husband called me and said a neighbor had come over, saying Katelyn had killed herself.” As of Wednesday, no criminal charges had been filed in connection to Katelyn’s death, Dodd told the Journal. InsideEdition.com has reached out for comment to the Polk County Police Department and the State of Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Greg Teems, assistant superintendent for the Polk School District, said officials had no records indicating Katelyn might need counseling. "We didn’t have prior reports ... we didn't have anything that would tip us at school that this might be an occurrence," Teems said. "We take these matters very seriously ... it's a tragic event. We're talking about a very young student here." Counselors had been made available to Katelyn's schoolmates, he said. Read: Family Of Teen Tortured Live On Facebook: 'This Should Never Happen' "We're trying to help our students who are still trying to grasp this," Teems said. Attempts by InsideEdition.com to reach Katelyn’s family for comment were unsuccessful. Police had appealed to the community and internet users-at-large to refrain from viewing, mentioning or passing along the video of Katelyn’s death, which has since gone viral. “Out of respect for the family of the departed and for the deceased themselves, we respectfully request that the citizenry of Polk County and whoever might view or receive this message please help us out with this request,” police wrote on Facebook. Dodd had told Fox 5 that police contacted some of the sites hosting the video asking for it to be removed, but by law it does not have to be. “It’s just the common decent thing to do in my opinion,” Dodd said. One such site was Facebook, which a spokesperson for told InsideEdition.com they have removed the video and will continue to do so for as long as it continues to pop up on the site. Meadows also pleaded for the permanent deletion of the video. "Please stop circulating this," Meadows said. "The fact that that was a little girl, crying out ... care about this little girl’s memory." https://youtu.be/I_IAx7YBw2E  It will be next to impossible to get murder charges to stick due to the legal definition of murder. It is defined as "the willful taking of another life." Issue is, her parents may have driven her suicide, but did not actually kill her themselves. At best, we could get child neglect resulting in death, physical and emotional abuse.

lisa taylor
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