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Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Sue Serino, Didi Barrett, Carl Heastie, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Aileen Gunther, Angelo Santabarbara, Latoya Joyner, James Skoufis

Bailey’s Law now! Hold criminals accountable for victimizing the developmentally disabled!

 Please Support the Passage of #BaileysLaw We cannot allow criminals to get away with the death of their victims. My 19 year old autistic son, Bailey, committed suicide on 7-31-17, my birthday of all days. After nearly 20 years of complete family devotion and cultivating our lives in support, contemplation and preparation of his each new life phase, new stage, new challenge, and new triumph our lives were completely and irrevocably upended in the span of 8 minutes. Bailey had many friends. He was kind, funny, caring, generous, gentle, down to earth, and creative. He was an artist, a lover of history, and had compassion for all living things. He was a teacher his whole life as much as he was a student of it. Bailey made me stronger, made me determined, made me timely, made me adjustable, made me more understanding...and it was Bailey that made me an advocate for kids with special needs for all these years. Of course, his 3 siblings also helped make me, and him, over the years...we all made each other. Our family has always been very tight. Being a single mom the last 16 years enabled me to make my children my world, and show them we are a team. I’ve tried to give them everything I am and everything I have within me, with intention. But despite everything I’d, we’d, put in over the years my son, their brother, is gone...less then 8 minutes after leaving my side. Bailey resorted to suicide 7 days after being a victim of a financial crime, 4 days after I realized he was victimized, and less than 5 hours of being asked to ID one of the perpetrators. He was preyed upon, betrayed, and taken advantage of by a girl he knew for years and had recently befriended him. This girl connected her male friend to my son under the guise of helping them cash a check. From what I’ve been told by State Police, Bailey was hesitant to help them, unsure of whether or not the request was legitimate, and she assured my son that the request was fine and then promised him, I believe, $200 from the proceeds for his assistance. I suspect Bailey provided them with his bank card and his PIN number. On 7-24-17 the male deposited a $1675.00 fraudulent check at an atm in Highland, NY and then immediately withdrew $200 (the amount fronted with a check hold); this was caught on atm bank video. I realized there was a problem on Thursday the 27th when I noted on our joint account both the deposit and withdrawal as well as the $200 withdrawal ultimately being pulled from my separate account. Bailey was learning banking and I would transfer his disability money to the joint account so he would learn about money management, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc. Bailey was devastated over the loss. We connected with local police on the 27th, who then directed us to the nearest state troopers on the 28th, who in turn directed us to State Troopers in Highland on 7-29-17 where we filed a complaint. Later on that Saturday, my youngest son told me he overheard his brother Bailey on the phone after hearing of the banking problem on Thursday, extremely upset over the financial loss and insisting on the return of funds. On Monday, 7-31-17 the investigator came to our house at 12:30 to see if Bailey could ID the male in the bank video. Bailey claimed he did not know the person and by his reaction I believe he didn’t. At 5:16pm he left our home stating he was going for a walk to draw; this was not unlike him as his executive processing speed is slower than many and he’d use walks or drawing to manage stresses. By 5:30 I heard the emergency response sirens and ran down our street, because I never wanted my kids around the chaos when EMS was in the area, and of course I wanted to count the safety of my chicks. The area they were responding to is a nuisance area that has had more than it’s fair share of fires....but there was no fire truck, only medical response. My son had hung himself in the woods less than a block from our home. The next day I was presented with a note he’d written; he clearly believed he’d done something very wrong in trusting the wrong person. No law enforcement involved in this case believes that Bailey had the faculty to understand what was happening, or the complexities that he was a victim, and neither does any of his family nor his longstanding therapist. There is no doubt in my mind that he merely thought he was helping someone. Both accused, at this point, will only be charged minimally; one with grand larceny 4th and the other with Endangering a disabled person 1st, both class E non violent felonies. Theoretically they could each get probation. They have each since been arrested for other crimes; her on drug charges in October 2017 and him for killing a 16 year old with his car after an argument in Yonkers in December 2017. The male is being held without bail in Westchester and has yet to be charged for our case. The female was arrested and arraigned for this case but was granted release on $2000 cash/$4000 bond. I am sickened over what may be obvious to you at this point, that the charges do not reflect their role in the death of my son. People with disabilities, including autism, are among our most vulnerable community members. It seems so unjust that a charge of endangering specifically relates to affecting the mental well-being of a vulnerable person yet they are not charged with the actual consequences of this criminal action. I’m currently working with our local representatives to start the process of pushing for new legislation in the state to hold perpetrators fully accountable for the consequences of their actions. The law for Endangering in NY currently states: “Under our law, a person is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect. The term "knowingly” has its own special meaning in our law. I will now give you the meaning of that term. A person KNOWINGLY acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect when that person is aware that he or she is acting in such manner. Actual harm to the incompetent or physically disabled person need not result.” Currently under our criminal laws culpability for a persons suicide rests on the aspect of “aiding and abetting”, or, in practical terms, specifically aiding, directing or encouraging the suicide. This MUST change. Those that would intentionally cultivate an environment and/or circumstances specifically to use people with disabilities to commit a crime, need to be held accountable for the full range of actual damages they cause, including the death of their victim. We need #BaileysLaw to firmly establish... If a defendant is charged with endangering in the first degree, or another crime related and/or connected to a charge of endangering in the first degree (as in coconspirators/codefendant), whereby the events result in the victim’s suicide within reasonable proximity of the crime, defendants should be criminally charged for the victim’s death. This area of law, as it specifically relates to endangering, also needs to be updated to incorporate the disability standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security Administration in trials. As it stands, the question of a successful trial seems tied to whether or not the victim has an IQ over 40, and can dress and feed oneself. This is an extremely low threshold for a successful trial against a perpetrator charged with endangering and is not in line with current state and federal laws to protect the disabled. There are an enormous number of people with autism, and other disabilities, who have a high IQ and can feed and clothe themselves but cannot fully meet their own needs in a manner that could be characterized as independent living. Bailey’s Law should protect anyone that can be considered a vulnerable person by including the state and federal standards of disability.   I urge you to support Bailey’s Law. It will not help my family but it will help many others. PLEASE, sign this petition to help me get it passed!  To view or VOTE YES on the #BaileysLaw bill (NY S.8541) you can visit https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8541  - there is a link at this location for the identical Assembly version as well. To learn more about my beloved Bailey you can visit the guestbook at https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186269333&referrer=0&preview=True To follow our journey, visit https://m.facebook.com/DearBaileyLoveMom/ & http://BaileysBridges.org/baileyslaw/ Sincerely, Gae Marie Cannon, Poughkeepsie, NY *6-17-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law passed in the NY Senate on 6-11-18 with a vote of 44/17. The bill is now in the NY Assembly (A.10874) and I’m pushing to have it passed before the end of the legislative session on 6-20-18.  The Ulster County Court has declined to take on the female’s case (the facilitator of this crime), and referred it back to the Town Court. This means that HER CHARGES WILL BE REDUCED from felony to misdemeanor or less- because Town Courts CANNOT process felonies. It is looking more and more like she will get 3 years of probation... To put this into context- a DWI, WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE, can result in 3 years probation, over $1000 fine and revocation of drivers license...  I am disgusted.... these people KNEW they were committing a crime. KNEW they were targeting someone with a disability, and their actions resulted in the DEATH of their victim......  Please, please share our petition... This is just not right..  Targeting our vulnerable loved ones breaks a sacred social contract in our society and we must prevent this from happening to someone else... 

A Mourning Mom *
10,902 supporters
Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to NJ Transit/Coach USA and World Wide Public Transportation

Stop reckless, aggressive, and rude bus drivers from carelessly taking young innocent lives like Deshon Johnson.

Hello, My name is Naomi Johnson, Deshon Johnson's mother, and I am looking to pass a bill honoring my son Deshon Johnson to make a positive change for other victims everywhere. I want the bill to focus on preventing tragic deaths. I know the bill will not be a remedy to bring back loved ones, but I would like it to implement safety awareness and jail time for the bus drivers. I want a memorial at the location where Deshon's life ended or a street adopted and named in Deshon's honor. I am heartbroken every day thinking about how tragic Deshon’s death was. On the morning of July 18th, 2012 there is footage of Deshon Johnson patiently arriving at the seven eleven at 10:30 am and waiting for the bus till the bus arrived at 10:48 am.  Deshon was patiently waiting at the bus stop to go to work. Once Deshon notices the bus time arrival he had gotten up to signal the bus to stop. Instead of the bus driver stopping to pick up his passengers he continues to speed through the green light and around the sharp corner. Deshon flagged the bus to stop again, but the bus kept on going speeding around the corner and the bus never stopped to pick him up. So, Deshon ran a few steps down from the bus stop on the corner of Bay Ave and Broad Street.  My son banged on the front door while he was at the corner of the handicapped sidewalk. The Community Coach bus driver run over my child twice knocking him down. Romaine was driver driving NJ Transit bus when he dragged Deshon 50 to 100 feet to his death. There needs to be a law that allows overseeing company like Community Coach that is based in Scotland to hold these bus drivers accountable for these countless death. It is hard to get in contact with Coach to make a complaint.  Deshon was not the only person that was killed by a bus driver, and no arrest or charges have been brought against the driver to this day.  On January 23, 2012, a Coach USA bus driver took 21-year-old Christie Noble-Ross life who is a neighbor that lived on the same floor across the hall from Deshon Johnson. While Christie Nobel was on her way dropping her son off to daycare. The bus came around the corner of Main and South Harrison streets in East Orange killing her on impact.  These cases by the Essex County Prosecutor Detective are dismissed and labeled as an accident without further investigation and this needs to stop. When a bus is speeding on residential roads above the speed limit, and turning around the corner at a fast speed it should not be considered an accident. That is negligence and murder. The prosecutors never pull up the drivers' record to see if he had other fatality/fractions. or his cell phone records to see if he was distracted.   Needless to say, the driver had a prior accident before killing my son and after killing my son. The driver had to take up defensive driving course before killing my son. The drivers also have to break in entry charges. These prior incidents speak the value of the driver misbehaved personality traits.  I live every day with the lawyer showing me a picture of my son's remains over the road and with the detail description about how my son's brain was in the bus wheel by retired judge Lawrence evil inhuman behavior to mentally break me down.  He shows no type of humanity about my son get killed, instead, he was trying to blame my son for his death. I live with these images torrent me for the rest of my life.   Please help us bring justice for Deshon Johnson and bring an end to the abuse of the NJ Transit and Coach USA bus drivers putting our lives at risk every day just to catch a bus.   In November 2012 the Johnson's Family civil lawyer Brad hired a criminal lawyer to be a liaison between the Prosecutor's office and the family to pass on new information. Needless to say, the lawyer failed to do his job, took our money and Deshon's killer walked away a free man and his case were closed in Feb. 2013.  The criminal lawyer Saluti was referred to us to work as an extension of the prosecutor's office.  Now the bus driver is back to work supporting his family but Deshon is unable to go back to his job to support (me) his disable mother. This legalizes murder needs to stop!!! Please see the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbz-348iXMk    

Naomi Johnson
706 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Ralph Northam

Clemency for Darius Simmons

This is a case of blatant "over" and "unfair" sentencing of a first time offender, and we need your support and assistance in obtaining relief ...first time offender due to prosecutorial misconduct, and we are seeking relief on behalf of Darius Simmons. Justice for Darius Simmons In the case of Commonwealth v. Darius Simmons (Case No.: CR07000574-00, CR07000575-00, CR07000576-00, CR07000737-00, CR07000738-00, and CR07000832-00), Darius Simmons was charged in connection with several crimes of which he did NOT commit, along with several crimes of which he openly admits that he did commit and takes full responsibility for. In this case Mr. Simmons took a plea to merge the charges resulting from two (2) separate offenses. The first offense took place on December 20, 2006. The second offense took place on January 7, 2007. In the first offense, Mr. Simmons was hanging out with two (2) other individuals at a common drug house in the neighborhood. The two other individuals had a discrepancy with a drug addict whom frequented said drug house. The discrepancy resulted in a 'physical confrontation between the two individuals and the drug addict. The drug addict, being the victim, gave a statement to the police wherein he never mentioned Mr. Simmons. In the second offense, Mr. Simmons rode with a relative (his cousin) to 'drop off at home' a friend of His cousin. On the way Mr. Simmons fell asleep.... Shortly after said friend was picked up, Mr. Simmons fell asleep in the vehicle. Mr. Simmons awoke to screams and gun fire as said friend repeatedly yelled, "he's hit, he's hit". As Mr. Simmons ducked for cover in fear of his life, his cousin was shot in the face. In a shocked and panic driven state, Mr. Simmons managed to get ahold of one of the firearms in the vehicle and returned what is known as "cover-fire" as he struggled his way into the drivers seat and sped away to safety. Mr. Simmons cousin died, said friend was shot in the leg. Mr. Simmons turned himself in and handed over the firearm that he used, all in efforts to take full responsibility for his actions in light of the facts and overall circumstances. This all took place in Suffolk, Virginia. These two separate offenses resulted in three (3) separate co-defendants. Two separate co-defendants from the 12/20/06 case (one of which plead guilty, received 11 years and was released in 2017). The other co-defendant from the 1/7/2007 case plead guilty, received 10 years, and was released in 2016. During the trial phase, Mr. Simmons was persuaded by his attorney to plea guilty under the notion that he would receive no more than a nine (9) year and two (2) month sentence, of which was offered as the highest range (amongst other lower ranges) of sentences by the prosecution via said plea agreement. Mr. Simmons truly believed that he would be able to right his wrongs for his actions (and his actions alone) by serving up to the nine (9) year and two (2) month sentence, and therefore accepted the plea agreement. However, once Mr. Simmons agreed to the plea agreement, the prosecutor argued against the sentencing guidelines as provided under the terms of the plea agreement and convinced the judge to give a sentence that was outside and far beyond the sentencing ceiling of nine (9) years and two (2) months. Mr. Simmons was ultimately sentenced to twenty-two years.... Mr. Simmons was ultimately sentenced to twenty-two (22) years despite the understanding of a nine (9)  years and two (2) months maximum sentence that he had with his attorney. His attorney, obviously acknowledging the error, provided an affidavit regarding him telling Mr. Simmons to take the plea agreement and that said plea agreement had a ceiling of nine (9) years and two (2) months. Mr. Simmons, by all means, sought to do the right thing by turning himself in, handing over the firearm that he used, admitting to the crimes that he himself committed, and taking the plea agreement to serve up to a nine (9) year and two (2) month sentence for his actions. This conduct illustrates a will to do the right thing on Mr. Simmons part. However, the conduct of the prosecution in exercising such deceitful tactics to secure the conviction in this case is unacceptable. This was a case of "bait and switch" on behalf of the prosecution in efforts to secure the conviction in this case, and that is unethical. It is detrimentally unfair for citizens to be held to standards if individuals operating under the color of law will not be held to the same. In the eyes of the people, the "bait and switch" tactic is blatant fraud and should be deemed as error constituting extraordinary circumstances warranting the desired relief of a sentence commute in this case. Mr. Simmons quotes: "I understand that even though I acted in fear of my life regarding the crimes committed on January 7, 2007, the fact that I gained possession of and fired that firearm was wrong; and therefore, I accept full responsibility for my actions, but in all fairness, I only take responsibility for MY actions alone and not the actions of another. I had absolutely no intention to harm anyone. I only wanted to get out of that situation alive. Just seeing that happen was a tough, and severely traumatizing experience. As to the offenses that were committed on December 20, 2006 I was merely a bystander. Although I regret not trying to do something to stop what happened, I wish people would truly understand that I am non-confrontational. I had a bad habit of hanging in the wrong places. For the crime that I committed, I believe that I've repaid my debts to society as I have served over ten (10) years, and I am a better man. My family needs me and God knows its killing me not being able to be there for them. I've used my time incarcerated to better myself. I have maintained employment from institution to institution, completed anger management, got my GED, completed and received several vocational trades (i.e., "custodial maintenance"; and "smoke, fire, and water restoration"). I'm also currently enrolled in vocational class to complete and receive an electrical trade, of which shall be complete as of the end June 2018. " The mandatory minimum in the state of Virginia for possession of a firearm is three (3) years for a first offense, and five (5) years for each subsequent offense. The mandatory minimum for discharging a firearm is a monetary fine. In this case these two offenses were the only offenses that Mr. Simmons committed, and given the circumstances, he did what any person in fear of his or her life would do. This was Mr. Simmons first offense and yet he received a lengthy sentence as though he was a career criminal. The time by far does NOT fit the crime, and therefore, we move the honorable governor to grant Mr. Simmons clemency in this case via a sentence commute. Article 5, section 12 of the Virginia Constitution grants the Governor the power "to grant reprieves and pardons after conviction." See Va. Code § 53.1-229. The Governor has the authority to order the Virginia Parole Board "to investigate and report to the Governor on cases in which executive clemency is sought [and] --- to report to the Governor with its recommendations." WHEREFORE, we, the supporters of this petition for clemency on behalf of Mr. Simmons in the above mentioned case, and in support of any pending petition for clemency in this case, moves the honorable Governor of Virginia and the designated review personnel to grant relief in this case. Now let's get the first 5 signatures: Show your support. Join the fight against "over" & "unfair" sentencing. Help Mr. Simmons get home to his family. Sign & share this petition. Thank you!  

Odalys LLC
147 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Council of the European Union, European Commission, European Parliament, European Broadcasting Union, BBC, CNN, Washington Post, Federal Bureau of Investigation, NBC, Change.org, Stand Against Racism and Inequality, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Slovakia Ministry of Justice, Slovakia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Stop Hate Crimes: Indian Man Physically Attacked and Wrongfully Accused in Slovakia

An Indian man is attacked on October 7th, 2017 by 3 white men, fights back in self-defense only after the threat to his life is escalated by kicks and punches, then is charged with First Degree Murder while his attackers go free. This happened in Bratislava, Slovakia next to the U.S. and German Embassies. Racially motivated attacks are not rare, and in this case, even though the Slovak judge and prosecution have the video footage and witness testimonies, the victim is still the one charged. The Slovak people are shielded from the truth.  The video shows one story <http://yt.vu/c/UC4EyFTDhl9BSH6JQVIjGiaA > but the news sells a different story. By supporting this petition, you will not only give hope to this man, but you will give hope to his family that he will finally be freed and come home. There is also hope that the Slovak courts will not continue to be swayed by racist public opinion and tabloids but lean toward true justice for victims of Hate Crimes. There is also hope that the attackers will be held accountable for the Hate Crime they committed against this man. I humbly urge you to support and share this petition to show this man and his family that they are not alone...that there is hope. Justice For TimothyContact: justice.for.tim.sk@gmail.comSupport: https://chn.ge/2EYKHA4Instagram: @justicefortimFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForTim/YouTube: http://yt.vu/c/UC4EyFTDhl9BSH6JQVIjGiaA Relief For The Family:  https://www.gofundme.com/relief-for-timothy039s-family #Justice4MrTimothy 

C for Change
1,371 supporters