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Petition to Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle Police Department, Dr. Richard Harruff, Daniel T. Satterberg, Bruce Harrell, Seattle Mayor's Office

The official Petition Seattle PD Reopen Kurt Cobain's case

Dear Seattle Police Department, We are an international group of people who come together because we disagree with the outcome of the investigation into the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.  The official story from the Seattle police department is that he took his own life, however there are a lot of unanswered questions and inconsistencies with this. Mr. Cobain was the lead singer of a popular grunge band from Seattle called Nirvana. They achieved a mass amount of popularity in 1991, and gained millions of fans around the world.  Since 1994, quite a few magazine and newspaper articles have been written on this information. It has also been the subject of many radio and television shows. A book entitled "Who Killed Kurt Cobain? The Mysterious Death of an Icon" was published in 1998. It was mentioned in a 1998 film about the couple called "Kurt & Courtney". Washington State Patrol Declined to Affirm Suicide Verdict, Legal Document IndicatesA legal record obtained publically through the King County Superior Court indicates that the Washington State Patrol (WSP), in 1995, declined to affirm the Seattle Police Department’s determination that Kurt Cobain committed suicide. The basis provided by the WSP for not affirming the suicide verdict is that the Patrol “lack sufficient information” to do so. - source: Cobain Evidence Blog by Kurt Fraser  Lots of informations and a collection of facts can be found on pages like : - http://cobainevidenceblog.blogspot.cz/2016/05/washington-state-patrol-declined-to.html - https://www.facebook.com/Didgrantdoit/    - http://cobainevidenceblog.blogspot.cz/  I am writing my personal statement, as the author of this petition. I'm of the same generation as Kurt Cobain. I'm a fan of Nirvana from 1991, when this group became world-famous and "popular". Everyone who experienced that time, knew that something very important. Millions of people around the world saw in Kurt Cobain your soul mate.  April 8, 1994 Kurt Cobain was found dead. Cause of death, was announced suicide. This fact, changed the lives of many people. More than 60 people have committed suicide.  Over time, it comes to light a lot of inconsistencies. Fans watch the action and behavior of people who were close to Kurt Cobain. People ask. How is it possible, in less than an hour to fix the verdict suicide? All necessary steps investigative steps were correctly done? Ballistic test was carried weapons? Why, shotgun were not found fingerprints? Why nobody bothered by this fact? Kurt Cobain with three times the lethal dose of heroin in his bloodstream, could secure a syringe with a protective cover, all defer to the cigar box and then shoot? Today we all know that the case was poorly investigated from the beginning. Police took not substantiated reports that Kurt Cobain was suicidal type, then it was a drug addict and a "rock star" that not mattered own life. Mr. Cobain was planning a new life, only he wanted to leave Nirvana and take care of his little daughter whom he loved unconditionally. He wanted to end the dysfunctional marriage. Why not focus SPD attention to these facts? Kurt Cobain, wants to leave "well-functioning machine into cash" Nirvana and wants to end the marriage. - Are not these facts good enough reasons to check?  Former Chief Norm Stamper SPD said that the SPD really badly performed his work and if he was now in office chief and the case reopened.  I think that the SPD should always and under all circumstances be impartially institutions. Please, think over it and over all the facts which are connected with the case. Please do not encourage suicide lobby that entire 22 years, benefiting millions of dollars from the death of Kurt Cobain. Please be on the side of justice. Please correct the mistakes you have committed 22 years ago. Open the case and show their citizens that you are impartial and are not intimidated by powerful people who are involved in this case. I will believe in justice and sanity of people to the appropriate places.  Justice for Kurt!      Dear Mrs. O'Toole, certainly there are innumerable crimes in this world every day , and there is much injustice. In case of Cobain the public awareness is much higher, because he was a publicly known person. To me it's not about obsession or fan-worshipping, it is simply to answer the many outstanding questions concerning the circumstances of his death. And especially because he was a publicly known person, you have to determine just as well in any other case: non-biased, critical and accurate.When you began your duties as Chief of Police in Seattle, you were talking about reforms in the police force, "restore public trust in the department, improve department pride, enhance the quality of life by reducing crime and run the department more like a business complete with improved use of technology ".I hope I can motivate you with my letter and this petition to reopen the investigation in the case of Kurt Cobain . Anyway, it would be a win/win situation for the Seattle police, the public and there's just nothing left to lose. I'm writing you in hopes for your help to press for a reexamination of Mr. Cobain's death. Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding the death cleared up once and for all.It is sad to think that an injustice of this nature can be allowed in the United States.I hope to your gut feeling. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your time.  

Dana Dandy
24,214 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State

Save my Afghan interpreter

When I served as an Embedded Combat Adviser in Afghanistan, my interpreter, Janis Shinwari, saved my life. Now I need you to help me save Janis’ life. In 2008, Janis and I were caught in the middle of a firefight. He took swift action when a combatant shot at me. But beyond that specific incident, Janis served a critical role for me and all of the other troops serving in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals.  However, because they are so visible in their communities, many interpreters have become targets for violence. Janis knows for a fact that the Taliban has added his name to a kill list and he is in constant danger. For the moment, he is living safely on an army base, but he needs to leave the country immediately to ensure his safety and that of his family. The US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters like Janis are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are weeks away from expiring unless Congress takes action to renew them. Janis began his application for a US Visa in 2011. Today, he is still waiting for the US Embassy in Kabul to issue him the visa he has earned. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Janis leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. I know first hand how critical interpreters like Janis are to our troops serving overseas. It’s time that the US do the right thing and help Janis escape the dangerous situation he’s in because of the work that he did for our country.  Please join me in calling on the US Embassy in Kabul and the State Department to help save Janis life by issuing his visa immediately.

Matt Zeller
113,420 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to US Embassy in Kabul, US Department of State

Help save Ehsan, the interpreter in Afghanistan who helped US troops

Thanks to a previous Change.org petition, I was able to help Janis Shinwari, my interpreter while I served as a base intelligence officer in Afghanistan, secure a visa to resettle in the US after he was stuck for years in bureaucratic red tape. Now I need your help again to save my other interpreter, Ehsan.  While serving in Iraq in 2008, I learned that the help of local Afghan nationals like Janis and Ehsan was critical to our effort. Thousands of Afghan nationals have served as interpreters to assist US troops in communicating in real time and providing a cultural link between the troops and Afghan nationals. It wasn’t until after my service, when I learned that Janis’ life was in danger as he was placed on a Taliban kill list because of his work to help US troops, that I truly understand how much these brave individuals put on the line. Every day, many of these interpreters live in fear that they or their families will be harmed in retaliation for their efforts -- a very real and deadly threat. Like Janis, Ehsan is an amazing man. During our time together, Ehsan helped my unit and I interdict over 7 tons (millions of dollars worth) of drugs used by the Taliban to fund their attacks. The Taliban know this and as a result placed him on their kill list. Without our help, he could die.  Luckily, the US operates a specific visa program for Afghan nationals who serve as interpreters who want to relocate to the US -- and there is a similar program for interpreters in Iraq. The program was created through legislation in 2009 (the Afghan Allies Protection Act), but thousands of interpreters are still waiting for their visas. The process is incredibly complicated for applicants and bureaucrat hold ups leave interpreters waiting in dangerous situations for months or even years. Now, both programs are set to expire in the coming months unless Congress takes action to renew them. When my previous campaign took off, Janis’ application started moving faster and now Janis has his visa to safety. I don't think I've ever heard him as happy as when he finally received his visa. Ehsan, my other interpreter, heard all about our efforts to help Janis and contacted me begging that I do for him what I did for Janis. Ehsan submitted his application to the US Embassy in Kabul in June 2012 but he’s still waiting for his visa. The Embassy and the State Department have the power to help Ehsan leave Afghanistan and start a life in a safe place. Together, we can help make that happen.

Matt Zeller
116,615 supporters