Police Accountability

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Kansas City Missouri Police Commissioners, Kansas City Missouri Police Chief, KCMO Mayor Sly James

Justice for Sierra & All Pets Shot by KCMO PD

On July 30th at approx 11 pm, two Kansas City, MO police officers entered a yard and knocked on the door with guns drawn. They didn't announce themselves as police. When the resident opened the door, her 11 yr old rescue dog, a boxer named Sierra, ran outside. One of the officers shot at her instantly & missed. Sierra turned to run back to the house when the officer shot at her, this time killing her as she was seeking cover from the woman who raised and adored her.  Sierra's mom, Brandee, was standing in the door screaming "Don't shoot, don't shoot!" when one of the officer's callously responded "too late". Not only was Sierra's death completely unnecessary, the officers showed no regard for Brandee being in the line of fire. Brandee still doesn't know why they were even on her property, and the officers offered no apology for killing her beloved family member. Kansas City police spokeswoman Sgt. Stacey Graves said the officers will not face disciplinary action at this time. “Officers are put in tough situations,” she said. “If that officer was in fear of his personal safety (from) a large pit bull attacking him, then that’s how he felt and that’s the decision he made.” What they want us to accept is that they have the right to open fire on any perceived threat to them, and that it is justified every time regardless of who gets hurt. That's not ok! It's also not ok that Sierra is just one of many family pets this department has gunned down unnecessarily, ripping their lives apart and destroying public trust while the families are left to pick up the pieces for years to come. We're asking for the following:* Appropriate action be taken against the officers for reckless discharge of their weapon.* KCMO PD immediately implement a Use of Force continuum applying to pet encounters that prioritizes de-escalation, to include mandatory HANDS-ON canine encounter training, be equipped with taser or batons, and exhaust all reasonable means in defusing situations before resorting to lethal force.* KCMO PD to implement a policy requiring officers to intervene if they witness improper use of force by their colleagues, and to report it to their supervisor and internal affairs. To follow this story, please visit Justice 4 Sierra

Pets Shot by Police
93,679 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Exonerate our Mother, Ethel Rosenberg

Our parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed on June 19, 1953 during the anti-communist hysteria of the Cold War Era. They had been convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage, in what was called “the crime of the century.” We were six and 10 years old when they were killed. Our mother was not a spy, and her execution was wrongful. Her conviction was based on perjured testimony and prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. The charges against our mother and the threat of the death penalty were meant to intimidate her and our father into cooperating. The U.S. government wanted Julius to falsely confess to passing “the secret of the atomic bomb” to the Soviet Union, and name others involved. Their trial took place during a time of widespread panic about communism. The sentencing judge went so far as to blame our parents for the Korean War. In denying clemency, President Eisenhower accused them of causing future nuclear wars. These outrageous statements and our parents’ execution helped fuel a dangerous climate of fear and intolerance in our country which permitted political opportunists like Senator Joseph McCarthy to poison our society. Today, we face a similar climate of hatred which targets immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI individuals and others. A formal acknowledgement of the wrong done to our mother and our family will help prevent similar injustices in the future. A healthy democracy requires that the government acknowledge and correct its transgressions. The government cannot return our mother to her loving family. But it can admit this miscarriage of justice. Please, join us in calling on Attorney General Lynch and President Obama to formally exonerate Ethel Rosenberg before they leave office. More than 60 years after her unjust conviction and execution, now is the time to clear her good name.

Robert and Michael Meeropol, Rosenberg Fund for Children
25,957 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Kenneth O. Jackson, Nicholas P. Episcopia

Fire the Garden City Police Officers Responsible for the Beating of Ronald Lanier

We, the concerned and outraged citizens of Long Island and the world, demand that the Garden City police officers responsible for the unjust beating and detention of Ronald Lanier be stripped of their badges immediately! Ronald Lanier, retired Nassau County corrections officer, was handcuffed and beaten by Garden City police in a clear case of racial profiling and unjustified use of force. According to a report from CBS New York: "Ronald Lanier said he was shopping in the Western Beef Supermarket in Mineola on Nov. 30 when he was tackled, handcuffed and beaten by officers with the Garden City Police Department... "I've never been cursed, physically abused, beaten and treated like a slave as I was two days ago,” Lanier said, breaking down as he described how he landed in handcuffs and in a hospital. “For somebody to grab me by the neck in the supermarket, and I’m telling you, ‘I’m one of you,’ and you disrespect it — it was like you’re just another black dude." "They cursed at him, they abused him verbally, they then start to beat him,"his attorney, Fred Brewington, told 1010 WINS. “He was taking blows with his hands cuffed behind him as he laid facedown.” Lanier, who retired after two decades as a Nassau County corrections officer, claims he complied and explained to the officers that he was law enforcement, but they just laughed. The officers, who are white, claimed they were searching for a black shoplifting suspect, who was later apprehended on the roof of the building... Lanier intends to sue the Garden City Police Department, accusing them of violating his civil rights. He wants the officers stripped of their badges." Tell Mayor Nicholas P. Episcopia and Police Commissioner Kenneth O. Jackson that these officers must be held accountable for their inexcusable actions!  

Stephen Figurasmith
299 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to H-Soul Ashemu, Lisa Calderon

Demand that the Denver Police Department include Community Voice!

DPD DENIES COMMUNITY VOICE IN USE OF FORCE (UOF) POLICY CALL TO ACTION Sign the On-Line Petition to Demand Community VoiceandCreate a Community UOF Policy Review Board The Colorado Latino Forum, Civil Rights organizations and faith-based groups demand that the Denver Police Department include community voice in its revised use of force policy. Despite promises by Chief Robert White to operate in a transparent way, he has denied CLF, community organizations, and even the Office of the Independent Monitor the opportunity to give meaningful input into policies that impact the safety of Denver residents from excessive uses of force by police. “We are talking about policies that can directly impact people’s lives during a police encounter, yet we have no voice in this process,” stated Lisa Calderón, CLF Co-Chair. “Any public policy that was created in secrecy will lack legitimacy with the community.” Calderón further voiced her concerns in a Denver7 interview where she advocated for the creation of a community advisory board that includes the Office of the Independent Monitor before the policy goes into effect. “We want to be able to review the policy point by point,” she said. “The same process used in the Denver Sheriff Department’s 'use of force' policy." “While we appreciate the sentiment of allowing community members to make comments via email, whether that input is allowed pre or post rough draft is unimportant, we remain concerned that our input into the process will not be taken seriously in crafting the final language,” stated Rudy Gonzales, Co-Chair of the CLF. “Part of a healthy community engagement process is to have dialogue with not only law enforcement, but other subject matter experts and community stakeholders who have pushed for reform. When people are making random email comments, we are all denied the collective wisdom of the community.” Gonzales went on to express disappointment that Chief White declined an invitation by CLF leadership to meet and discuss the policy changes, stating, “We are still hopeful the Chief White will change course and recognize the value of investing in a true community engagement process that will further the goal of increasing public safety for everyone.” The exclusion of community input is particularly troubling given recent stories by Fox31 News, Shots Fired: The Data Behind Deadly Force In Colorado and Colorado Officer Involved Shootings Top 6-Year High which revealed that most of the individuals killed by DPD officers over the past 5 years were people of color. Nearly 60% of fatalities were Latinos even though they only comprise about 32% of Denver’s population. The stories also revealed that DPD is non-compliant with a new state law requiring full reporting of shooting incidents. The Fox31 exposé included interviews with April Sanchez, mother of Ryan Ronquillo who was killed in 2014 by DPD officers. Ryan was unarmed and attending his friend’s funeral when he was surrounded by police serving a warrant. Teresa Avila, the mother of Dion Avila, was interviewed as well. Dion was also unarmed when he was killed in 2016 by a SWAT officer near Civic Center Park, also for a warrant. In both cases, the lethal actions by officers were later deemed justified by DPD. Both mothers reflected on the need for more communication, transparency and accountability by law enforcement. However, neither mother was reached out to by Chief White for input about the use of force policy changes. “Chief White has let us down so many times. He still hasn’t done anything about our demands or answered our questions. He hasn’t kept in touch with any of us,” stated Ms. Sanchez. She added that this new policy only serves the purpose of making DPD look good, while ignoring the pain of the mothers who lost children at the hands of law enforcement. “The insensitivity shown to our community by being excluded from a policy that involves life and death decisions just adds insult to injury, especially given the disproportionate number of Black and Brown lives that have been lost due to police violence,” states CLF Board Member Veronica Barela. “If we don’t take a stand now and insist that our voices be heard, then DPD will continue to disregard our concerns about excessive force. If DPD is serious about building community trust, then they must operate in a more transparent and collaborative way.” CLF is asking its members and community allies to sign the On-Line Petition to demand that community voice be included in the UOF policy process, and also create a community UOF policy review board. CLF is also planning additional community actions with a community coalition to push for more transparency and accountability for Denver’s law enforcement agencies.

H-Soul Ashemu
216 supporters