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Police Accountability

56 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Michele Stanton, David Petrarca, Martin Busch, Patricia Gionta, Julie Grose, Darrell Rapp, Tim Ward

Engage the community in hiring the next Swissvale Borough police chief

We, the residents of Swissvale, demand transparency in the hiring of the next Swissvale Borough police chief and the opportunity to engage in the process of selecting this important public servant. On November 1, 2017, Chief Geppert of the Swissvale Police submitted his resignation. That same night, without engaging the community, the Swissvale borough council voted to begin advertising for his replacement immediately, utilizing a job description that was written in 2005. Private requests to borough council members for more information about the hiring process have gone unanswered and the deadline for candidate applications is a mere 10 days away. While we recognize the importance of filling the position quickly, we also embrace the reality that Interim Chief Watson is more than capable of managing the department long enough to allow for a transparent process that ensures the best person for the job is selected. Much has changed in our community and in the world at-large since 2005, and the requirements and characteristics of a candidate for police chief should evolve as well. Furthermore, the overall process for how a new police chief is hired should be outlined publicly. Since the dated description has already been circulated and the community was not consulted, we demand the opportunity to meet and ask questions of top candidates for the job. Several communities nationwide have held open forums like the one we are requesting. Examples: https://www.allentownpa.gov/Home/News-Details/ID/85/Police-Chief-Candidates-to-Meet-the-Public http://www.pennlive.com/articles/13414933/middletown_presents_first_of_t.amp http://newtownpanow.com/2017/09/27/newtown-council-to-interview-police-chief-candidates/ Swissvale government officials have made great strides in the last 2 years in becoming more transparent and communicative with community members. This important job vacancy is an opportunity for council members to step up and show that they are really invested in the input of the people that elected them. In summary: Residents of Swissvale demand a seat at the table and the opportunity to engage in the process of selecting our next police chief. Petition to be delivered to Swissvale Borough Council.    

Swissvale Community Action Committee
370 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona State House, Doug Ducey

Arrest Retired Sgt. Charles Langley

Daniel Shaver (pictured above), at age 26, was shot and killed by Officer Philip Brailsford on January 18th 2016. He left behind two daughters and a wife that day. Before the body cam footage was released, the details of this case were as follows:  Guests reported seeing a man with a gun in the window of a fifth floor room at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Mesa, AZ.  Six officers were sent to investigate.  Officer Brailsford shot and killed Daniel Shaver under orders from Sgt. Charles Langley What Shaver actually had was a pellet gun he used for his job in pest control. Officer Brailsford has been fired from his position. However, Sgt. Charles Langley has retired and to my knowledge faces no punishment for his participation - his guidance - in the murder of Daniel Shaver. Linked below are several news sources and the newly released body camera footage of the manslaughter, which is not only physically violent but bone-chillingly terrifying the moment one hears the tone of Langley's voice.  New York Times Washington Post PDS Video The following excerpt is from The Washington Post: "Langley tells Shaver to keep his legs crossed and push himself up into a kneeling position. As Shaver pushes himself up, his legs come uncrossed, prompting the officer to scream at him. “I’m sorry,” Shaver says, placing his hands near his waist, prompting another round of screaming. “You do that again, we’re shooting you, do you understand?” Langley yells. “Please do not shoot me,” Shaver begs, his hands up straight in the air. At the officer’s command, Shaver then crawls down the hallway, sobbing. At one point, he reaches back — possibly to pull up his shorts — and Brailsford opens fire, striking Shaver five times."  It should also be mentioned that the moment Shaver accidentally uncrosses his legs Langley barks that he will be shot.  Retired Sgt. Charles Langley, the man in control of the situation, the man who was supposed to handle this protocol with a level head abandoned all of it for a bizarre game of Simon Says in which any mistake would cost Shaver his life. Daniel Shaver, who is possibly drunk, obeying every order to the best of his ability, sobbing and shaking with fear, is murdered.  I am tired of it. Brailsford was fired, but where is the punishment for Charles Langley? The man who orchestrated the entire event? The one who screamed at Shaver for uncrossing his legs and completely escalated the situation rather than subduing it? It could very well be Langley's fault that Shaver appeared as such a threat to Brailsford, causing him to shoot. Langley so grotesquely handled the event that it could have completely obscured Brailsford as well. Other sergeants and officers have criticized how improperly Langley decided to speak to Shaver.  There is already so much pain in the world concerning the police and gun control, but that is not what I am asking for right now. I am calling for the justice of Daniel Shaver and for Charles Langley to be properly dealt with in the assist of Shaver's murder. He cannot quietly retire and expect to not bear any weight for what he is so obviously responsible for. No one should ever have to lose an innocent father, husband, family member the way Shaver's family did. 

Michaela Alexis
154 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Grant Parpan, Julia Cahill

A factfinding Grand Jury into the investigation of the disappearance of Louise Pietrewicz.

Louise Pietrewicz, a Cutchogue, NY mother was last seen in October 1966. At the time, Mrs. Pietrewicz was seeing a Southold Town Police officer, Bill Boken, who had a violent history and an assault arrest for beating his wife. Instead of prosecuting Boken on that charge, town officials signed off on having him committed to the Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital. No physician was present to determine if he was, in fact, mentally ill, nor was there any history of him being mentally ill. Boken’s confinement to Central Islip abruptly eliminated any possibility that he could be arrested on charges related to Louise’s disappearance. His official status as a mentally ill person raised a potential impediment to any criminal proceedings as it created uncertainty about his ability to assist in his own defense; then, as now, a fundamental right of any defendant. These unprecedented actions – and the silence that followed are damning evidence that Louise was simply written off or covered up. Why that was so then, and why town officials acted as they did, is a question that still hangs in the air. The community in which Louise lived did not rise up on her behalf to demand answers or support a young girl who’d lost her mother. And town officials, who had the legal and moral responsibility to find those answers and offer that support, showed little or no interest in providing either. Interviews with people who knew and worked with these officials at that time paint a damning portrait of men who behaved like entitled members of a small-town good old boys’ club, holding down elected and patronage jobs and controlling access to dozens of others. They mattered. Their club mattered. Keeping the club and its privileged membership going mattered. Unraveling the story of what happened to Louise Pietrewicz did not. At that time, power and politics ruled at both Southold Town Hall and police headquarters. Strict procedure often took a back seat to cronyism. It wasn’t until 1968 that the town police department began to operate in compliance with the 1967 New York State Civil Service Law. By that time, all records in the town regarding this open case were 'purged' as evidenced by the FOIA request submitted by Louise's own daughter.  A Grand Jury needs to be impaneled to track down the actual police reports regarding this case, and all the interviews conducted by the investigators.  This "Missing Person" matters, even now. Her daughter needs closure.  Thank you     http://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2017/10/78444/special-report-investigation-sheds-light-on-1966-disappearance-of-louise-pietrewicz/

Julia Arevalo
25 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL - JEFF SESSIONS, Donald Trump

NATIONAL ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY! PROSECUTE POLICE WHO MURDER UNARMED INDIVIDUALS!

INVESTIGATIONS "CASE BY CASE" HAVE NOT AND SHALL NOT REMEDY THE PROBLEM! AS ONE IS BEING INVESTIGATED "HUNDREDS MORE" ARE MOUNTING UP! AND INDEED POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER HAS ESCALATED TO THE LEVEL OF NATIONAL PROPORTIONS... THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS ARE BEING "STOPPED & FRISKED" FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER... THE LOSS OF LIFE THAT HAS OCCURRED AT THE HANDS OF POLICE HAS ESCALATED TO WHERE "UNARMED INDIVIDUALS" ARE BEING FIRED UPON AND KILLED... WEEKS AND MONTHS GO BY  WITH "NO EXPLANATION" FOR THESE SHOOTINGS BY THEIR DEPARTMENT! THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL WITHIN THESE STATES HAVE "REFUSED TO ACT" LEAVING ALL ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY THE COMMISSIONER'S OF THESE DEPARTMENTS.  THE COMMISSIONER'S HAVE "JUSTIFIED" THE ACTIONS OF THESE OFFICERS - AND IN MANY CASES "PROMOTED THEM" AFTER THE KILLING OF THESE VICTIMS. THE MECHANISMS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE HAVE "ALL FAILED" AND THE ESCALATION OF POLICE BRUTALITY IS "EVIDENCE" OF THAT FAILURE. WE HAVE WITNESSED THE CONFESSIONS OF POLICE THEMSELVES WHO HAVE TESTIFIED THAT THEY WERE MADE TO ISSUE SUMMONSES AND "MAKE ARRESTS WITHOUT CAUSE" AND THE SUBSEQUENT "HARASSMENT" WHICH FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR REFUSAL... WE HAVE HEARD TESTIMONY IN COURT HOW THEY INDEED PLANTED NARCOTICS ON INNOCENT VICTIMS SIMPLY TO MEET THE QUOTA REQUIRED CONCERNING AN ARREST!! YET, THOSE INDIVIDUALS REMAIN INCARCERATED FOR THE CRIME ACCUSED!! http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/fabricated-drug-charges-innocent-people-meet-arrest-quotas-detective-testifies-article-1.963021   THE RECOURSE OF THE PEOPLE HAS BEEN THWARTED, SO THAT THERE REMAINS NO COURSE OF ACTION THAT CAN BE TAKEN! THEREFORE THIS EPIDEMIC, WHICH HAS REACHED "NATIONAL PROPORTIONS" IS BEING PRESENTED TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES FOR IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION, ACTION AND REMEDY. AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, THE OCCUPIER OF OFFICE IS THE "CHIEF LAW ENFORCER" HAVING JURISDICTION OVER BOTH STATE AND GOVERNMENT IN ISSUES CONCERNING LAW! AND WHEN VIOLATIONS OF LAW ARE RAMPANT, UN-CHECKED AND UNABATED, HE HAS A "SWORN DUTY" TO RESPOND THOSE VIOLATIONS. LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HAS "ABUSED THE AUTHORITY" VESTED IN THEM, AND HAVE VIOLATED ON A "CONTINUAL BASIS" THE LAW ITSELF!  BUT NO ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN, EITHER BY THEIR DEPARTMENT, OR ATTORNEY GENERALS WITHIN THEIR STATE! THEREFORE, PETITION IS MADE BEFORE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO NOT ONLY ACT ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE OFFICE - FOR WHICH HE OR SHE HAS "SWORN AN OATH" TO FULFILL UPON OCCUPANCY! LET IT BE UNDERSTOOD: THAT A "FAILURE OR REFUSAL TO ACT" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING THOSE DUTIES, SIGNIFIES AN INABILITY TO HOLD THE OFFICE WHICH IS NOW BEING HELD.

Danette Chavis
46,541 supporters