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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.

Paula Fitzsimmons
2,097 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Department of Justice, Mayor Bill Faulkner, Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins

Department of Justice Investigation into St Joseph Missouri Police Department..

Calvin Robinson Jr. Calvin Passed away in the early hours of Christmas morning 2015. All his belongings were missing. Additionally his debit card was used for a month following his death. After asking for an investigation into this matter, the family was told the a dead person could not be a victim and they were not going to investigate any further. Still waiting on a response from the Mayor of St Joseph Missouri. Spoke with the Prosecutor and was told that nobody investigates the police. Spoke with the investigator and was told that the family would have to spend some money to find out what happened. The family was not notified by the police of the death of their loved one. Instead a "friend" of the victim notified the family. The same friend who was later determined to have called the police and tell them that the victim had stolen her car. To make matters worse the officer who reconstructed the scene made the following video, seeming to taunt the family. Zachary Craft This officer was eventually fired after the department faced criticism for having him on duty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdQb7rTrEPA http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/st-joseph-officer-appears-in-racially-charged-video/article_ba30c352-481f-553e-a2a8-fe9492150559.html   Jason Fanning Jason was murdered by a St Joseph Missouri Police officer 2/20/17. A officer approached Jason without any lights or sirens and shot him to death in a vehicle parked in a driveway. The following comment was taken from a article: "Questioned about Bever’s failure to turn on his emergency lights, which would have activated the dash camera, Capt. Jeff Wilson, a spokesman for the St. Joseph Police Department, said this issue was an internal matter for the department and he had no comment on current police policy." http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/no-charges-in-officer-involved-shooting/article_7309770f-30ee-555f-b812-339deb0cbbf0.html http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/police-release-dashcam-footage-of-officer-involved-shooting/article_baf45dc8-60c5-5797-9fb7-9768af7c57a0.html I have also included a link for the petition requesting this officer be arrested for murder. https://www.change.org/p/we-want-justice-justiceforjay  From detective to felon: The Scott Coates Saga "Mr. Coates said the polygraph examination ended with the FBI polygraphist telling him he was lying and beginning interrogation. The interrogation was the first time he was directly asked about the case, he said." Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former longtime detective with the St. Joseph, Missouri Police Department pleaded guilty in federal court today to withholding information about a prohibited person who illegally possessed a firearm used in a gang-related shooting. https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/kansascity/news/press-releases/former-st.-joseph-police-detective-pleads-guilty-to-withholding-information-about-illegal-firearm http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/from-detective-to-felon-the-scott-coates-saga/article_3aa18648-d0d1-56b4-95a0-3c6440b43f22.html Angela Horn “It’s a joke,” Horn said. “That’s why it’s called the criminal justice system, because that’s who it serves. Their salary comes out of my pocket. I just think that it should be for people that need protection—and not for people that are out to frickin’ take everything you have.” https://steemit.com/police/@clayrains/saint-joseph-residents-give-police-an-f-in-fighting-crime-and-an-a-in-harassment

Calvin Robinson Jr
400 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to School Board of Baltimore City Public Schools

Withdrawal SB17/HB101 - Baltimore City School Police Force – Carrying of Firearms – Scope.

Without providing notification nor seeking any parent input, Dr. Thornton and the Baltimore City Public School's board requested a bill that creates a significant change in the role of Baltimore City's School Police Force. This change would allow any officer in the School Police Force to be able to carry a firearm in any school in the district during school hours. The Chief of BCPS' police force has stated publicly that this change is necessary for the officers to do their jobs, but has provided no other additional information on why that is so.  We believe the administration of BCPS and the school board should provide more transparency regarding this policy change and input from parents. The school board has provided little to no opportunity for parents to weigh in on this issue. The hearing to take place on February 24th was provided with less than one week's notice and takes place a time that would be very difficult for working parents to attend. There is a significant amount of research that demonstrates a negative effect of school police on educational outcomes for children. BCPS has offered no information to parents as a counterpoint to the overwhelming evidence that school police do more harm than good. Specifically, the studies say that the presence of school police officers leads to greater arrests and a more punitive approach to discipline, especially in regards to African American boys. There is no evidence that Baltimore's school police, through careful training or evaluation, manages to overcome what all available evidence tells us about school policing: that it hurts our kids. You can't keep guns out of schools by bringing guns into schools. We should not be paving the school to prison pipeline.

Aimee Harmon-Darrow
1,764 supporters