Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Congress, City hall, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Maxine Waters, Loretta Lynch, Kamala D. Harris
Mandatory Post-Secondary Education Requirement for Law Enforcement Officer Recruits
https://www.gofundme.com/the-community-collective-network&rcid=r01-1538346947-f1403513dc4a42a6&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w Law Enforcement Officer's Mandatory Post-Secondary Education Requirement Petition Proposal: It is the opinion of the good people of the United States of America that any civil servant tasked with the maintenance of a society to such degree that they wield the authority to carry weapons and to administer lethal/deadly force should be amply and duly educated within the facilities of a higher education institution. It is the recommendation of the citizens of these United States, that all officers of the law be required to have achieved at minimum eighteen college units, at an accredited college or university, external of any of the law enforcement institutions, in an area of study within the social sciences, and that this mandate be finalized before permission is granted and the acceptance process to a law enforcement training academy is considered complete. Problem: There has been witnessed frequent misuses of law enforcement authority, some of which have resulted in wrongful imprisonment or death of America's citizens, regardless of the associations of their race, over the years. This reality has crept into the homes of many, credited to the advancement of technology. It must not be construed as fact, a notion understood that officers of the law are not tasked with a tough job. They deal with all walks of life, to include the crazies that an average person would rather not enjoy an encounter with. This abuse in power, however, has reached a breakage point, because it has become so much more exposed than it had been in the past, and now there is outrage and division amongst the citizens of this great nation. There are advocacy groups that have begun formations of justice movements, such as the Black Lives Matter protesters and the Oath Keepers society. People have grown fed up, with the gross negligence and to some degree the callousness, of those who were sworn to uphold the law in protection of the citizens of this nation. The citizenry have lost faith in those who continue to be caught red-handed or with their hands in the cookie jar, to use ole phrases. And so, there has been some urgency to address this critical issue in our great republic, still some say, not urgent enough. Presently, there has been an order passed down from the Executive Branch of the government which mandates the implementation of body cameras on all uniformed officers--something that is going to take some time to fully come to pass. Still, some people have a problem with this new order. They believe it to be insufficient, with citation to some of the grossly offensive activities of officers in the eyes of some that have already been cast from out of the dark through cell phone camera activism and to the insufficiency of police vehicle dashboard cameras processes. Further sentiment on the matter can be reviewed in Kimberly Fain's Viral Black Death published in JSTOR Daily and focuses on injustice against Black people. Ironically, Black people, and in general Black men, they just seem to make up a large chunk of the news, but this matter is not exclusive to Black folk. The Guardian has created a project titled The Counted which aims to record all death by cop incidents nationally, in efforts to form an appropriate database. The Guardian reports in 2015, it has recorded that "32% of the 135 black people killed by police had been unarmed, compared with 15% of the 234 white people". It is not relevant to a point here, whether the objects of the police firearm discharge were unarmed or not, but of the fact that although 369 people were killed of whom happened to be unarmed a larger portion numerically were White and not Black. This is not to neglect that the figure does indicate percentage disproportionality with 32% vs. 15% but the point here is that it does not matter the color of the skin or racial category that a person belongs. What matters is that people are dying by the lethal and deadly force of law enforcement whether justified or otherwise (the Guardian article can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/16/the-counted-killed-by-police-1000 Reasonably, with so much abuse (physical and mental) and death associated with policing practices and the ample amount of controversy that surrounds it where concern is embedded in the hows and the whys, one may reasonably deduce, sufficiently more efficient surveillance of police actions to be the end-all-be-all to the issue. Sadly, the numbers say otherwise. In the year 2000, the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) began to disperse the funds required to enable law enforcement offices throughout the nation to purchase vehicle dashboard cameras. This would up the amount of police vehicles equipped with cameras from 11% to 72% according to police one dot com's website. Still, in a USA Today article published in 2007, it is claimed, "cases in which police, prison guards and other law enforcement authorities have used excessive force or other tactics to violate victims' civil rights have increased 25% (281 vs. 224) from fiscal years 2001 to 2007". This means that after dash cameras were implemented the abuse increased. Therefore, it would seem that it does not matter whether the officers are recorded, according to this data. Another notion the USA Today article pointed out was "the nation's largest police union fears that agencies are dropping standards to fill thousands of vacancies and "scrimping on training". This is, at least, some cause for alarm, if not, still a cause for some careful attention. If one was to scour the internet in search of requirement criteria for police service, they may be surprised by what they find. All of the major cities of the major states, to include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and New York, a person can become a police officer, with a minimum educational requirement of a G.E.D (General Education Degree). This is a scary truth. A person need only a less-than high school level education and they will be allowed to enforce laws, carry guns and legally murder the good people of this nation. The latter of the cities mentioned, that is New York is the only of those cities which require a minimum of sixty college units (the equivalent of an Associate Degree), however there are ways around this. In the New York police recruit requirement criteria, to become a police officer, "on or before the date of hire, a candidate must have successfully completed 60 college credits with a 2.0 G.P.A. from an accredited college or university OR 2 years of full-time active military service in the United States Armed Forces with an honorable discharge and have a high school diploma or its equivalent" (nypdrecruit.com). That means, critically, an individual who has returned from military service is presumably fit to police his/her own fellow citizens, still with only a G.E.D. Not only is the lack of appropriate education a factor, but this too fails to consider the conditions of military duty vs citizenship-police duty, relatively. In visualization of the point hereto military service vs police service: the military functionality acts in a matter structured for an existent, knowable and direct enemy in some hostile environment, as well, it is temporary, for the most part. It must be said, this is by no means a slight to the brave and honorable men and women who have served this nation, whether in wartime or peace. This is simply a statement to point out the position, military duty (especially, in warzones) is a far stretch from at-home policing. It is not a very comfortable feeling to know that those who are tasked, to uphold the law by any means necessary, have the education of a high school kid. Law enforcement officials are essentially social workers. They carry out policy issued by the people, for the people. They are, as a whole, components of mechanism by which society is lawfully maintained. They are effectively an establishment of order in society. Without law and order, there would surely be chaos. However, like any machine, there comes a time when there will be experienced a malfunction and as the law enforcement officers make up one component to mechanism in this social machinery, society breaks down, if law enforcement breaks down. Because of this, it seems only logical that there be diligently labored effort applied to the reconstruction of the law enforcement institution to deal with this inefficiency. This petition is not a request with specific and isolated interest in the enhancement of social management skills, because such skills can be developed within the jurisdiction of the relative law enforcement office, because it is more insightful as to the qualitative state of the local society. More preciously, this petition respectfully requests for adherence to the suggestions which have been presented herein; that this educational mandate for officers of the law be developed with care to allow for refined cultural competency, improved preparedness for essential and natural modes of communication when engaged with a "suspect" and enhanced intellectual capacity of law enforcement officers, thereby improving the overall performance quality of law enforcement officers. Written by: Anthony R. Ivey, Jr.
Petition to VUDPS & VUPD, David Tedjeske, Dennis E. Gallagher
Urge Villanova Public Safety to Install Extra Safety Measures in the I-1 Parking Garage
Over the past year and since the opening of the new Ithan I-1 Parking Garage, many accidents have happened. In the garage to be specific. These accidents are minor, but costly for college students like us. The traffic is horrible as well. Cars whip around the corners without even stopping or even looking. Some students are just waiting to get hit in their cars and are even scared to walk back to my car thinking that they might get hit as well. We want to suggest the possible installation of rounded reflection mirrors at each intersection and turn so that drivers can see other oncoming traffic. In addition, we are wondering if more security cameras can be installed to help with tracking down drivers who hit other cars and do a hit and run. Finally, we are wondering about electric cars. Electric cars pay an extra $50 to park in the garage. Most mornings when we are driving into the parking garage and have to park on the 5th floor due to the influx of cars, we see that both spots closest to the charging stations are taken by non-electric cars on all floors. There are students who drive an electric car and somedays they have nowhere to charge their car and their battery is run down to the point that they cannot make it home and so they have to leave their car overnight to charge and seek out a ride to school in the morning. There should be markings - either on the walls, the ground, or both - that state that that spot is reserved for an electric car. PLEASE sign this petition and show that you are as worried as we are about the situation in the garage!
Petition to Tom Wolf
Stop Michael Rosfeld from regaining his badge.
To say the killing of Antwon Rose Jr was justified is a completely slap in the face to any innocent person, who comes face to face with the law. Michael Rosfeld decided himself that day that Antwon Rose Jr deserved to die with three shots to the back. I will keep this short because I believe this needs published ASAP. In today’s world there are good cops and bad cops. Michael Rosfeld does not hold ANY characteristics of what one believes a cop should have. I believe the voice of the people will be able to get this man, who felt his life was endangered by an unarmed, kid with his back towards him. This may not be the justice Antwon Rose Jr deserves but it’s what we can do
Petition to Loretta Lynch
Provide more resources to law enforcement to stop illegal dog fighting
Why is dog fighting an issue? Dog fighting is a big problem. It is a form of animal abuse. For a pay it forward project I chose dog fighting as my topic. I want to stop dog fighting because it's inhumane, cruel, and selfish. Dogs should be loved. Dog fighting is for people's entertainment only. It's not fair for each dog to be abused in the way that they are. Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states, but it still happens because the people who can help stop this issue such as police and other organizations that investigate dog fighting (e.g. The Human Society) lack sufficient resources. The reason is because these groups often don't have enough money/support to help make investigations, busts and rescues. Investigations by themselves are very expensive, which is why organizations are having harder times making investigations. When owners don’t want their dogs anymore they will usually leave them in the streets or kill them. This is a problem because dogs can get rabies and hurt people and other animals. Dogs that are left can also breed, and that is a problem because there are too many dogs on the streets. There's already an overpopulated amount of dogs in the United States, with the total number of dogs in the country in excess of 73 million.
Petition to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Common Council, Chief of Police Michael Koval
Support Madison Police Department - Stop the Public Attacks
We support police chief, Mike Koval and the professional men and women of the Madison Police Department. Our chief is caring, respectful, smart, transparent, consistently striking the perfect balance between respecting our civil liberties and keeping us safe. His force is a national model. These officers do the gritty work most of us don’t have the stomach for. Despite the current climate of disdain for law enforcement, they willingly work with Madison’s various communities, serving as social workers as well as law enforcement officers. Instead of being grateful to Chief Koval and MPD for their service, the bulk of the common council, mayor, and other critics have found it necessary to publicly disparage this elite force. Their actions are causing divisions within the city, adding to mistrust of the police, encouraging unacceptable behavior and thus endangering the safety of its citizens. In light of this, we call for the following: · For the Madison Common Council and Mayor Paul Soglin to refute baseless charges of racism leveled against our police department. These statements only encourage future offenders. · For the city to rescind the $400,000 study of police policies and procedures. · For Alderman Samba Baldeh to apologize for his baseless statement about Chief Koval during a June common council meeting. · For the City of Madison to invest in combating crime and a growing gang problem. · For community leaders to demand individual accountability and personal responsibility from citizens, regardless of age, gender, or race. · Instead of publicly attacking our police, to strive to work closer with them. We live during a time of growing hatred for law enforcement officers, perpetuated by media, and accepted by those unwilling to think critically. The men and women of the Madison Police Department work tirelessly to protect us from the worst society has to offer – and for that we should be celebrating them, not disparaging them.
Petition to Leesville City Council
Full Time Accountability for Law Enforcement
City of Leesville Council members voted to abolish the position of full time Police Chief and remove the position from Civil Service Protection. What does this mean? City Council believes that accountability for Law Enforcement can be part time and the responsibility for Law Enforcement can be supervised with a part time Chief whose duties are controlled by one single person. This historically has led to increased crime and less Police Patrol Officers. It is the belief and conviction of this page that full time accountability is required for Law Enforcement to remain accountable for their actions in the community. The fact is that the public safety city tax that you're paying was "supposed" to be an improvement tax to supplement the current police department's budget. Instead, the city is subtracting their contribution and only budgeting for the taxes you contribute. The result? Less police officers on the road, a part time chief, and no tax break for you. Congratulations. Now that you know the truth that they've been hiding, hold them accountable for how they spend YOUR money. Sign this petition to demand a full time police chief for the safety of our families.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, Department of Justice, Delaware State House, Delaware State Senate, Delaware Governor
The first 3 shots fired by law enforcement officers should be rubber bullets saving lives.
It seems that far too often there's a news cycle reporting about someone that has a fatal encounter with a law enforcement officer by choosing to not cooperate with or challenging them or trying to run in which they ultimately get shot. If these individuals are shot with rubber bullets, this greatly increases their chances of survivability. This gives the officers a chance to engage in a less than lethal intervention by reassessing the situation after the those 3 shots are fired. Being shot with rubber bullets is certainly more than enough to subdue someone as they are not likely to know the difference and gives them a chance to comply. If the situation warrants further policing action, then the officer can just continue discharging the weapon without any other further steps required, but just maybe the first 3 shots are enough to make a difference. This first 3 law can save a countless amount of lives and heartache by both parties. Any chance to save a life should be considered. Please sign this petition to get our commander-in-chief and all law enforcement and policing officials to make this life saving change happen. Thank you.
Petition to Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger
Bring Police K9 Chip Home to his Family
January 24, 2018 - UPDATE - To all of our friends and supporters: We realize that aside from some posts about Chip and Charlie's life at home, we have not provided many updates. This was intentional as Gil had several proceedings to work through and it was important to us to let those proceedings occur. We are pleased to share some findings with you now. At the time Chip was taken from Gil, Gil was involuntarily transferred from the K-9 Section. It was also during this time that statements were made about Gil, his performance as an employee and as a K-9 handler, and actions that he was alleged to have taken regarding Chip. Police department management said things, implied things, and intentionally left things unsaid regarding Gil's transfer and Chip's removal from Gil's home. You may recall that there was an attachment to a memo given to Gil but no one on the police department would admit to writing it. When you, our supporters, questioned the actions of the police department, you were told 'you don't know the whole story.' When the media asked questions, they were told 'there's more to the story' or 'it's a personnel matter and we can't talk about it.' Gil filed a lawsuit against Montgomery County, Maryland, the Montgomery County Police Department, Assistant Chief Betsy Davis, Captain Robert Bolesta, and Sergeant Mary Davis alleging defamation of character. In addition, Gil filed a grievance alleging that his transfer was without merit, was arbitrary and capricious and was in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the county and FOP Lodge 35. JURY AWARDS DAMAGES TO OFFICER FONES On Friday, June 23, 2017, after hearing several days of testimony, a jury in Montgomery County, Maryland ruled in favor of Officer Fones in his lawsuit alleging defamation of character (Circuit Court case 420238V). The jury found FOR Officer Fones in his case against defendant Montgomery County Government and defendant Robert Bolesta, Captain and former director of the Special Operations Division which houses the K-9 Section. The jury also considered and awarded damages to Officer Fones. Those that followed this story from the beginning were told many times by police officials and county government officials that "you don't know the whole story" and "there's more to this story". Well, we now have the whole story and, in this civil action, so did the jury, who unanimously took issue with the treatment of Gil, his transfer and K-9 Chip's removal. This case is currently under appeal. ARBITRATOR RULES FOR OFFICER FONES IN GRIEVANCE HEARING Orders reinstatement to K-9 Section and back pay The matter of Gil's transfer was grieved and arbitrated. On November 21, 2017, after 18 days of hearings, which included testimony favorable to Officer Fones by the County’s own expert, Arbitrator Herb Fishgold found, inter alia, that the transfer of Officer Fones from the K-9 Section was arbitrary and capricious. There were instances where testimony did not match what was documented in the written reports and evaluations of Gil and Chip. There were statements and written notes that were not corroborated by the videos that were taken. The police department's own expert witness’ testimony under oath discredited many of the insinuations and allegations against Officer Fones. On November 21, 2017, it was ordered by the arbitrator that Gil be reinstated to the next available position in the K-9 Section, that he receive back pay, and that he be made whole. On January 9, 2018, FOP Lodge 35 filed in the Circuit Court to certify the Arbitration Award. On January 10, 2018, Officer Fones was notified of his transfer back to the K-9 Section, effective February 4, 2018. Gil will be assigned a new partner and he plans to begin training as soon as possible. He is looking forward to getting back to the work he loves so much. As to the other involved parties, Assistant Chief Betsy Davis and Captain Robert Bolesta have both retired. Lieutenant Eric Stancliff, deputy director of SOD, who supervised Chip's evaluations, has been transferred to another division. The supervisors who were in place when Gil's transfer and Chip's removal occurred are still assigned to the K-9 Section. Transcripts of testimony are still being reviewed to determine if statements made under oath by some witnesses in these proceedings merit further investigation. There are not sufficient words to thank all of those who supported us through this ordeal. Thank you! It has been emotional and exhausting but also fulfilling and rewarding. Never, ever, ever give up when you have the truth behind you. Thank you for all of your support, Gil and family, Chip and Charlie 10/26/15 - UPDATE - Chip has been located and tonight was reunited with Gil and his family - NO THANKS to county executive Isiah Leggett and police chief Tom Manger who did nothing to help us (ignoring more than 229,000 people who wanted answers). Check out the K-9 Chip Facebook page for more details. Stay tuned to this story as we work to uncover facts. https://www.facebook.com/K9-Chip-126559601028991/ Officer Gil Fones is a 27-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, having spent the past 20 years as a K-9 handler and trainer. Recently, his K-9 partner Chip was taken away from him without explanation. Initially, Gil was told that Chip was going to be retired and that he would be able to adopt him and keep him as a pet -- a standard practice for retired K‑9's. But then suddenly, Officer Fones was informed that he could not adopt Chip and that the department was either going to euthanize Chip or move him to a location outside the county. We are retired coworkers and friends of Officer Gil Fones. We started this petition to help bring Chip back home to his family. We were all K‑9 handlers ourselves and nationally certified K‑9 trainers with decades of experience, and we have never seen a handler and his partner separated like this or treated in this manner. Officer Fones and his family deserve answers. It is time for the Montgomery County Police to disclose the whereabouts of Chip and allow him to return to the Fones family. As you can imagine, there have been plenty of guesses as to why this happened. The only incident involving Chip that Gil can think of was during a recertification exercise -- Gil sustained a bite from Chip. It was minor; nothing that required follow-up treatment. Almost all K‑9 handlers have had similar minor incidents involving their own partner. This event took place 5 weeks before the dog was seized, and both Gil and Chip were allowed to work their normal shifts afterwards. Gil has been an outstanding member of the community and the K-9 unit. Besides his 27 years of service to the Montgomery County Police Department, Gil served in the United States Air Force Presidential Support Unit under President Ronald Reagan from March 1982 to October 1986. A person of such distinction deserves the truth, and he deserves to have his partner Chip back. Please sign our petition to help reunite the Fones family with Chip. Sincerely, K9 Officer Bo Curry (Retired) K9 Officer John Binnix (Retired) K9 Officer Tim Carroll (Retired)