End No Knock Warrants
Petition to Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House
Impeach Judge Mary Shaw for approving the Breonna Taylor warrant
In March 2020 Judge Mary Shaw signed a number of no-knock warrants in aid of a narcotics case. She failed to do her due diligence in authorizing such dangerous and aggressive police tactics. She signed five warrants in 12 minutes source. Due to her haste and disregard for public safety 26 yearl old EMT Breonna Taylor was killed by police. Judge Mary Shaw must be impeached by the Kentucky State House of Representatives and the Senate must remove her from office. Judges should be the protectors of rights, lives and private property; not casual destroyers. Because of the way that judicial discipline and elections work in Kentucky and most other states it is extremely unlikely that judge Shaw will be held accountable by any means less serious than impeachment. She does not face reelection unitl 2023 and last time she ran, she was unnopposed source source. Please sign this petition and bring pressure on the government of Kentucky to hold accountable a key figure in Breonna Taylor's tragic untimely death who has so far flown under the radar. Judges are supposed to be a check on police power, not a rubber stamp for risky, aggressive tactics that disregard public safety. Breonna Taylor would have turned 27 this week, she should be on the frontlines bravely fighting a pandemic and building a life for herself, not dead at the hands of people sworn to protect and serve. Help hold Judge Mary Shaw accountable for her terrible and rushed decision that killed an innocent woman. Impeach Judge Mary Shaw!
Petition to Department of Justice, United States Supreme Court
Stop No-Knock Warrants
Breonna Taylor was a black EMT who was murdered by Louisville police officers, who had entered her apartment after midnight on a no-knock search warrant. A no-knock warrant allows law enforcement to enter a property without notifying residents upon entry or identifying themselves as law enforcement. Police opened fire and killed Taylor, after her boyfriend shot one officer in the leg; the officer is expected to fully recover. Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, claims that he was acting in self-defense and feared for his life. It is important to note that the police had not even arrived in uniform. Walker's actions were in accordance with Stand Your Ground Laws, which allow one to use deadly force against intruders as a method of self-defense. Although police claimed to be investigating Jamarcus Glover (who had already been arrested) and believed that he was using her address to receive drugs, no drugs were found in the apartment. In fact, Breonna Taylor never had any criminal history. According to the United States Department of Justice, "federal district court judges and magistrates may lawfully and constitutionally issue no-knock warrants—i.e.,warrants authorizing officers to enter certain premises to execute a warrant without first knocking or otherwise announcing their presence" However, the Department of Justice also states that "a no-knock entry might nonetheless violate the Fourth Amendment if the officers have actual knowledge that the circumstances that justified the no-knock authorization no longer exist at the time the warrant is executed." This raises questions as to whether officers were justified in entering the apartment, considering the fact that the main suspect had already been arrested. Breonna Taylor is one of many civilians who have been killed by law enforcement in no-knock raids. According to the Los Angeles Times, one no-knock raid in Georgia put a toddler in a coma. The allowance of such warrants has clearly resulted in the use of excessive force against civilians in the safety of their own homes, especially black people, who are unfairly targeted by law enforcement. These are cruel acts of racism, not justice! This petition is calling for the ABOLISHMENT OF NO-KNOCK SEARCH WARRANTS! In light of recent horrific acts of police brutality against black people, such as the murder of Breonna Taylor, as well as the murder of George Floyd, we must make changes to our legal system and law enforcement in order to promote the safety and well-being of all people, regardless of race. BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States
Ban "No-Knock" Warrants Nationwide
On March 13, 2020, officers were executing a search warrant in Louisville, Kentucky as part of a narcotics investigation. They had been issued a "no-knock" warrant, which allows officers to enter a home without announcing themselves or a reason for their entry. This was the home of Breonna Taylor, a young EMT, where she was fast asleep with her boyfriend. A man involved in drug trafficking had been shipping drugs to this address to avoid detection at his own home and listed his home address as Breonna's despite the fact he did not live there. Startled and thinking that their home was being invaded because they did not know these were officers with a warrant, they armed themselves and confronted the officers. This lead to Breonna being shot three times and killed. She had no criminal record and no involvement in the case. A day earlier, another set of officers received a "no-knock" warrant and invaded the house of 21 year old Duncan Lemp of Silver Spring, Maryland. Again, thinking that these were not officers but dangerous criminal invaders, police say he confronted them. Lemp was shot and killed in his own home, his girlfriend also being injured. However, his girlfriend states that they were sleeping in bed when the shooting began. Despite having no criminal record, officers claim that they were there to confiscate firearms Lemp was not allowed to have for undisclosed reasons. Many other innocent people, like Breonna, were killed in no-knock warrant raids at wrong addresses. A 7-year-old Detroit girl named Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed in a similar raid in 2019, ironically during the search for the murderer of 17-year-old Je'rean Blake. The city of Detroit ended up settling with the family for millions. 68-year-old Eurie Stamps was also killed in a similar raid where police were looking for two young men who had sold drugs to an uncover officer; they invaded a home after already having arrested the suspect who lived there. Despite many people being charged for shooting officers in these misunderstandings, the officer who killed Stamps was not charged. It's been reported that from 2010 to 2016 alone, at least 81 civilians and 13 law enforcement officers have been killed from "no-knock" warrant raids of this kind with many others being wounded. It's time for change in America. Police not announcing themselves in any form of raid is asking for a fatal misunderstanding on either side. It isn't fair to civilians, police officers, or their families to allow this practice to continue. We also must address negligence and incompetence in raid executions, extended training, and required release of body-cam footage to allow for fair trials that put justice first.
Petition to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Columbus Division of Police Chief Thomas Quinlan
Get AG Dave Yost to denounce the use of 'no knock' warrants in Ohio!
In March, Louisville PD dressed in plain clothes entered the house of Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Officers were looking for a suspect who did not live there, who had already been apprehended earlier that day. After Walker shot in self defense at the intruders in their home, LPD fired back and Breonna was hit 8 times. Officers charged Walker with attempted murder but he was later released. The officers who murdered the 26yr old EMT have not had charges brought against them. Although these types of raids have been shown across the country to be lethal time and time again, Ohio is not exempt from this history. In 2008 in Lima, Ohio; 26yr old mother Tarika Wilson was murdered by SWAT after they opened fire in her home. She was holding her 14-month old son in her arms, who was injured but survived. Tarika was not a suspect in the case for which the warrant was served. Children are seemingly never considered by SWAT during these raids and often suffer the consequences. In 2010, Detroit PD entered the wrong apartment and killed 7yr old Aiyana Stanley-Jones as she slept on the couch. These warrants are in violation of our 4th amendment rights, and furthermore, the risk of fatality outweights the potential successful apprehension of a suspect or evidence, ESPECIALLY in non-emergency situations. Low level drug investigations do not call for these deadly acts of violence. Data suggests only about 1/3 of these raids turn up contraband. Sign the petition and force some change in Ohio's militarized police routines. Reading Material: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/jus14-warcomeshome-text-rel1.pdf https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2020/05/breonna-taylor-is-one-of-a-shocking-number-of-black-people-to-see-armed-police-barge-into-their-homes/ https://www.vox.com/2014/10/29/7083371/swat-no-knock-raids-police-killed-civilians-dangerous-work-drugs
Petition to West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Mike Cazes
West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office: Fire Officer Vance Matranga Jr. Immediately
In July of 2019, Vance Matranga Jr., a deputy with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, was executing a no-knock search warrant with the River West Task Force at the Budget 7 Motel in Port Allen. There, he shot and killed Josef Richardson, 38. The autopsy ruled Richardson’s death a homicide caused by one bullet to the back of the neck. Richardson did not have a gun. Prior to this shooting, a 2016 lawsuit alleges that deputy Matranga broke Fredrick Johnson of Port Allen’s leg by running into him with a police cruiser and then tackling and refusing to get him medical help for several hours. This is not the level of empathy we want our police officers to have. They are not supposed to be handing out death sentences. And I believe that these two incidences are enough to fire officer Matranga for excessive force before he kills someone else. At bare minimum, he should never carry a weapon on duty again. I am also calling on The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office to end the use of no-knock search warrants in the light of Joseph Richardson and Breonna Taylor’s deaths. No knock warrants create a tense situation where deescalation tactics cannot thrive, and often times endanger lives that have nothing to do with the crime they are there for. I hope you will join me in calling for these changes.
Petition to fulton county district attorney, Pending Election and Thereafter, District Attorney's Office
CONVICT EX-COP GARRETT ROLFE IN GA
Garrett Rolfe shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. While Brooks was on the ground dying, proof shows Rolfe kicked brooks like a dog. Rolfe was fired within 24 hours by the Atlanta police chief. A judge found grounds to issue 11 warrants against Rolfe who faces charges including MURDER. Rolfe was seen on video. Rolfe has a past history and is expected as part of a coverup in 2015 involving another shooting. The OPS had concerns about him. He had a dozen complaints against him. He had only been reprimanded once. Now racist bad cop supporters are supporting him. THIS KILLING OF BLACK MEN AT THE HANDS OF WHITE COPS NEEDS TO STOP AND STOP NOW. Send a strong message to Atlanta, the courts and the DA that Rolfe should be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to to the maximum penalty allowed by law. That will stop police brutality all over this nation.
Petition to Phil Murphy, New Jersey State House, New Jersey Governor, New Jersey State Senate
Ban No-Knock Warrants in NJ
*If you're considering a donation to this petition, please remember that your money will not be going to police reform advocacy groups. Instead, it will be going to Change.org Breonna Taylor. Her name is just one more added to the list of people who have lost their lives unnecessarily at the hands of the police. Her death, like many, could have been prevented. It's time to make sure we do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again. To begin, let's take a look at the warrant used at Breonna's house that night. As many of us know, the warrant in question was a no-knock warrant, or a warrant that allows police officers to enter a targeted premises without announcing themselves to any residents there. It first came into effect during the Nixon Administration as the war on drugs raged on, and is commonly touted as a necessary tool for police officers to use in situations where a drug dealer may be operating their business from their location and would be able to dispose of the illegal material in time if the police chose to announce themselves before entering. The other situation that supporters say require the use of no-knock warrants include settings where police may be in danger if they announce themselves and the suspect is able to arm themselves. But critics note the downfalls of allowing no-knock warrants to be implemented. 1. According to a 2014 article from the ACLU analyzing 800 SWAT responses involving no-knock warrants (62% were for drugs), only 35% of them actually resulted in the police finding any drugs. 36% resulted in nothing, while 29% were not disclosed in incident reports. It's quite evident that no-knock warrants do not have an accurate track record to help argue their merit. (And if you're wondering if something published in 2014 is still accurate now, consider this: no-knock warrants were used around 1,500 times in the 1980s. By 2000, that number was 40,000. And by 2010, the number rose to 60,000-70,000. The trends indicate that without any reform, those numbers will have either stayed the same or gone up). 2. Between 2010 and 2016, at least 94 civilians and 13 law enforcement officers have died as a direct result of no-knock warrants. That's 107 people too many, and the number has only gone up in recent years. 3. Studies indicate that POC are most impacted by no-knock warrants. The 2014 ACLU report mentioned above noted that 39% of no-knock warrants impacted African American communities. 11% impacted Latinx communities. These numbers are more than double of their Caucasian communities (20%). There has always been a race disparity in our police departments and their responses, especially when it comes to the war on drugs. It's beyond time to end that. 4. There is a constitutional issue to arise with using no-knock warrants. The US Constitution specifically states that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Over the years, courts have expanded the definition of a warrant to include a "knock-announce-wait" requirement, which basically mandates that police officers must knock and announce themselves as police officers, then wait a minute before forcefully entering a premise (unless they hear/see someone/something in danger i.e. someone screaming, someone dangling someone off the stairs). But seeing as that description doesn't include the situations that allow the use of no-knock warrants, why do we still need them? There is much reform to be done when it comes to our police departments. This petition, if and when it is successful, is not going to solve everything. We need to keep fighting and pushing for reform on all accounts, but it is a step in the right decision that we must take. Thank you for your support.
Petition to Breonna Taylor
Arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor.
Nearly four months ago, the Louisville Police Department performed an illegal drug raid on Breonna's home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her. Not only were the police at the incorrect house, but the man they were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day, making the situation worse. These officers need to be charged ASAP and the fact that it has been months since this has happens shows this world is messed up.