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Police Accountability

104 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Protect the Sanctity of Tikkun Olam

June 21, 2017Dan Lowen, Board ChairSarah Boden, Incoming Board ChairNancy B. Greer, President & CEOJewish Federation of Greater Seattle(mailto:nancybg@jewishinseattle.org)Dear Leaders of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle:Many of us were deeply concerned earlier this month to hear that the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle had decided to give its 2017 Tikkun Olam Award for Public Service to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and the Seattle Police Department. It is difficult to reconcile honoring Chief O’Toole with an award for Tikkun Olam - the idea that Jews share responsibility for repairing the world - while the Seattle Police Department is under a US Justice Department order and federal court supervision because of a history of excessive use of force and mistreatment of our fellow citizens, especially people of color.In the wake of Sunday’s police killing of Charleena Lyles, an African American mother who called the police for assistance and ended up dead, the idea of the Jewish Federation carrying through this award is especially appalling.The argument that the Police Department may work with the Jewish community effectively on other matters is, at this point, completely overshadowed by the police killing in our community of yet another Black person. By giving this award to an oppressive institution, the Jewish Federation is further marginalizing Jews of color and maintaining complicity with oppression. As a multiracial Jewish community, we know through painful histories what it feels like to be persecuted by state violence. It is clear that we, as a multiracial Jewish community, need to stand in this moment with our fellow community members, not with the police forces whose activity systematically undermines the wellbeing of communities of color across our region.As members of the Greater Seattle Jewish community, we call on the Jewish Federation to immediately and publicly rescind its award to Chief O’Toole and the Seattle Police Department, and instead use the Tikkun Olam award time at Thursday’s annual meeting to invite in the broader community to say kaddish, conduct a healing service, honor community members working for social justice, and engage the broader discussion of police use of force that is so urgently needed in our city.To do anything less would dishonor our Jewish ethics and values.L’shalom.

Concerned Seattle Jews
769 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
43,731 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mat dos Santos, Ted Wheeler, Chloe Eudaly, Amanda Fritz, Dan Saltzman, Nick Fish, Mary Hull Caballero, Rod Underhill

Demand Policing Reform in Portland

Portland Police Bureau continues to engage in egregious and often unlawful behavior towards people exercising their constitutionally protected rights. City Council has heard countless hours of testimony and received countless emails, calls, and visits over the years about the need for police reform but has not made any effort to reform or even punish Portland Police officers that use excessive force or violate the rights of Portlanders. We call on the ACLU of Oregon to bring civil litigation against the City of Portland to compel the Portland City Council to bring meaningful reform to the Portland Police Bureau, improve the Independent Police Bureau’s transparency and effectiveness to ensure that every Portlander’s constitutional rights are respected, and to ensure that the public is safe from further excessive use of force when engaging in their constitutionally protected rights to peacefully assemble. We call on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office to heavily scrutinize charges submitted by the Portland Police Bureau that result from arrests or investigations arising from individuals participating in political rallies or other exercising of their constitutional rights.  We call on the Portland City Council to hire a third-party consultant to evaluate Portland Police crowd control tactics and surveillance of protestors and the resulting arrests to independently determine appropriate reforms the Portland City Council can enact. We call on the Portland City Auditor to hire an independent consultant to evaluate the independence, transparency, and integrity of the Independent Police Review processes and evaluate recent cases alleging misconduct. To make suggestions of improvements, the Auditor can propose to be made to internal procedures and to the City Code to ensure a fair, transparent and efficient police review system.  Individual Endorsers:Gregory McKelvey, Founder of Portland ResistanceOrganizational Endorsers:Direct Action AllianceMilenio.org More coming soon! Email pdxpolicereform@protonmail.com to be listed as an endorser

Portland Coalition for Policing Reform
819 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Teresa Tomlinson, Gil McBride, Frank J. Jordan Jr, Bobby G. Peters, William C. Rumer, Aurthur L. Smith III, Maureen Gottfried, Ron Mullins

Demand consequences for police officer who murdered a 17 year old boy

A fight between a seventeen year old boy and his girlfriend ended with her leaving his house and going to an undisclosed location. His worry for her and guilt about making her upset caused him to feel the need to look for her. Christian Redwine asked his grandmother if he could borrow one of her live-in friend's (Freddy) cars to search for his girlfriend of quite some time. She gave him permission once Freddy had went to bed. Christian waited, and once the time came, he and two other young adults left in his Freddy's car on a search for his girlfriend. Upon waking up and noticing the car and its keys, along with the boy he considered to be like a grandson, missing, Freddy contacted law enforcement asking for assistance in finding Christian and his car. Former Officer Allan Brown was on patrol that night and noticed a car driving through an empty lot, the stores were closed so he assumed the worst. He called in a description of the car and was told that the car had been reported stolen. He immediately turned on his siren and lights and began driving towards the teenagers. Christian had recently been released from jail, so obviously he panicked when he noticed the police car. He began speeding away towards Phenix City, hoping to leave jurisdiction and escape the officer following him (from my own assumption.) Former Officer Allan Brown and two other law enforcement officers began following him, and Brown tells the other officers to allow him to go around them and lead the chase. (Personally, I believe that this shows a lack of fear of the unknown subject/s.) After the chase hit Phenix City, Christian lost control of his car and crashed onto the side of the road. Brown pulled his car up facing the side of the car and got out, walking to the front of Christian's car and drawing his weapon. Christian puts the car in reverse and tries to back away, to which Brown responds by firing eleven shots. Christian was killed within the first few bullets. After those eleven shots, a passenger, Hannah, shouted something along the lines of "Oh, God, please stop. Please stop, I've been shot." Brown stops shooting, but only long enough to reload his gun and fire ten more shots. Christian (the driver) was hit by eleven bullets. Hunter (a passenger) was hit twice, one bullet went through his nose and came out through the roof of his mouth, busting out all of his top teeth. Hannah (another passenger) was shot in the arm, and lost function of it until recently. Christian was the only one who died. Brown claimed self defense. I've enclosed the dashcam video from that night. I would like to demand at the minimum, a charge of negligent homicide, and a sentence of at least 5 years prison time to compensate for the wrongful death of Christian Redwine. Christian was a very kind man, and despite his trouble with the law, he was one of the best men I'd ever met. He'd give the shirt off of his back to anyone who needed it and he proved it to me multiple times in the short time I'd known him. His death has caused hysteria for everyone who'd ever come into contact with him, because no one could ever believe that he could do anything to give the notion that he would cause harm to another person. Allan Brown is a coward who ended the life of a beautiful human being, decades before his time. He wrecked havoc in the lives of young adults who needed guidance. I truly believe he would not hesitate to hurt another person, and he used his badge as an excuse to be a vigilante. He resigned from his position as a Columbus Police Officer, but that is not enough. Being a police officer does not and will never excuse the murder of a boy who was innocent of what he was accused of. Brown's Dash Cam Video

Ryn Jones
130 supporters