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Petition to George Allan Family Court, Mesquite Police Force

Don't let Dallas reward my sister's rapist again

Every day, people overestimate the importance of the police force in domestic situations. Unless they walk in on a man beating his wife, walk in on a burglary, or walk in on a rape, you are expected to file a report and wait. Wait while you feel dirty, cheated, wronged, and rightfully angry.What people don't know is that the justice system is more flawed than they'd guess! It's elementary knowledge that if you are black or mixed raced, you will have issues with the law. This is the case for my family, as we often had run ins with the law due to my father's record (a false accusation). Our childhood was miserable and deprived, and uniforms were a symbol of fear and corruption, rather than protection for us. We frequently witnessed our father beaten, carted off to jail, and were abused by supervisors and bad friends growing up who would use this record against us.So, naturally, when my sister got into an abusive relationship with an individual by the name of Brandon Hayes, with a criminal record as long as your arm.  She didn't go to the police when he hit her. Security, not the police, at the movie theater she worked at protected her when he was stalking and hawking her workplace, post getting fired for his problematic behavior. She didn't go to the police when he choked her unconscious at his house on Christmas Eve, and raped her. She took a week's worth of the abortion pills given to her by the clinic, but the entire week was hammered with guilt by the anti abortion protesters outside, and her own grips with her faith. When she saw the blood, she thought it was enough, and she could finally stop this nightmare and pretend it never happened, like most rape victims do.However, months later, the baby had survived. Despite the attempted abortion to cover up her shame, despite the medical malpractice in which she was in labor for 3 days, Anthony survived, and my sister thought it was a sign- a miracle. She decided to raise him better than his "father", and got him checked up at a reputable doctor this time, and resolved to take care of him no matter what. 5 months later, the news came in-Brandon Hayes, the man who raped her, heard through a mutual friend that she had given birth, and demanded access to a child that he had no right to, and access to a girl who annulled their toxic relationship long ago. The nightmare was beginning again.He resumed stalking her workplace and harassing her phone, and she fell back into the battered mindset. And the court gave it to him- all the access he could ever want, to hurt and control her, to keep her living in fear. Maurice Aguilar ruled in his favor in court, alongside rude comments like "You don't look raped." He court ordered that she meet Hayes again, and give him custody of her breastfed baby every Saturday for five hours. I was there on that first day, where she promised to come by and feed him. Hayes took the child in a booster seat far too large for Anthony (Toddler sized, not for a newborn), and let Anthony cry and cry, refusing to let either of us touch him once he had his hands on the child. He had no diapers, no baby food, no bottles- he expected her to give him her resources which she worked hard to give Anthony since the moment she was born.However, she knew Hayes would steal them, and he was informed on what to buy. Hayes ignored all of this- after driving off with the child, we met him at the home to feed Anthony when he said "No- just give me a bottle and leave." Outraged, we waited on the street, and he invited his friends. My sister recognized them as drug users and dealers, as several unknown individuals entered the house. His family, fully supporting rapist Hayes, called the police. The police showed up and forced us off the street, off of public property, claiming we were "harassing" Hayes, despite the fact we were on the street and did not once enter his yard or block his driveway. He was utterly despondent and rude, refusing to inform us about anything with how he was "taking care of" the baby.I calmed my sister in a walmart parking lot after being bullied away from the home by two police cruisers. She was dry heaving and crying from separation anxiety, as we stressfully awaited the next five hours. When Anthony was returned to us, his clothes had been changed, he smelled like soot, and he was jumpy and anxious. Anthony was out of it, as if he had been drugged with some kind of sleeping pills, and jolted and cried each time he was held until he realized that his mother was there, and began to calm down. We drove home immediately and examined the child.Anthony's diaper was on far too tight, it was cutting off his circulation. More importantly, he was red and raw in the face from crying and being left to cry, and his anus was red and irritated with two long hairs between the cheeks. We panicked and took him to two doctors, waiting all night just for doctors to tell us what the police and attorneys had been telling us since this nightmare began- "We can't do anything." The latter doctor rephrased her "I can't do anything", to immediately blaming my sister for Hayes' negligence- she suspected that Hayes starved the baby and it gave him diarrhea, and it was my sister's fault for that? So we decided to keep Anthony for two weeks following the incident. Anthony had since recovered.Now, today, my sister is being informed that she is being taken to jail tomorrow by the cops, and that she MIGHT be taken to jail by the court who so generously informed us that Hayes, MY SISTER'S RAPIST, is pressing charges. Since the law has done nothing but fail us and humiliate her, I know who to believe here.We have gathered witnesses, people that knew where she was, and know of Hayes' actions, despite his frequent denials on stage. Now all we need is your signatures, so that other rape victims in Dallas and other people can use her case as a source of courage for themselves. All she wants is to get a nice job, take care of her son, and for Hayes to leave her alone.An alarming trend reveals family court bias is actually against mothers."I don't care what she wanted- I want a light skinned baby." -Brandon Hayes, in a threatening phonecall to our family. We reported it to the police, but were once again informed that they couldn't do anything about it.Speaking of the police, they're using my father's expunged record against us now, years after it has been cleared. Is this not illegal? "PAS isn’t recognized by the American Psychological Association and isn’t listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Dr. Paul Fink, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, describes PAS as “junk science at its worst.”  Legal authorities are just as skeptical. A 2015 American Bar Association report, Parental Alienation Syndrome: 30 Years On and Still Junk Science, concluded “Despite having been introduced 30 years ago, there remains no credible scientific evidence supporting parental alienation syndrome.” The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) have also spoken out against PAS, stating it “threatens the safety of abused children.” But despite widespread repudiation, PAS is still accepted in family courts." I have included links to some studies, books, and articles throughout this piece. Thank you for listening and signing. We aren't expecting donations, nor are we asking for any, but if given we will use them for court expenses and caring for Anthony. Thank you, again, for your time and generosity.Please don't let the law traumatize us and reward my sister's rapist again.I believe that it is inherently wrong to force my sister to give up her custody to the man who raped her. I fear that if this goes through, it will destroy what little spirit she has left, and rape her again. Please protect the victims.EDIT: Her attorney Allen Roach does not think she will win this case. Brandon Hayes, despite previously claiming to have no money, has recently hired a lawyer. Affadavits from coworkers and acquaintances are being signed.

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153 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to adam.mcgough@dallascityhall.com , adam.medrano@dallascityhall.com , omar.navarez@dallascityhall.com , kevin.felder@dallascityhall.com , tennell.atkins@dallascityhall.com , mark.clayton@dallascityhall.com , casey.thomas@dallascityhall.com , rick.callahan@cityofdallas.com , Scott.griggs@cityofdallas.com , carolyn.arnold@cityofdallas.com , lee.kleinman@cityofdallas.com , sandy.greyson@cityofdallas.com , jennifer.gates@cityofdallas.com , philip.kingston@cityofdallas.com , mike.rawlings@cityofdallas.com , ulysha.hall@cityofdallas.com

Dallas Police need backup!

Dallas does not need to spend millions of dollars for the police to be investigated by a board of citizens who have no training in police work. As it stands, complaints are thoroughly investigated by Internal Affairs and may also be investigated by the Public Integrity Division, and/or the DA’s office and the Texas Rangers. Beginning with Chief Brown, any time a complaint is severe enough to warrant administrative leave or firing, that information is immediately made public. There is no attempt by the Dallas Police Department to cover up for officers and allegations made against an officer are investigated thoroughly. Many investigations are conducted because of internal complaints, meaning someone within the Dallas Police Department initiated the investigation after seeing wrongdoing. There has been a “coalition” of groups meeting with Chief Hall for over a year. They are demanding the Citizens Police Review Board be given a multi-million dollar budget and the power to independently investigate complaints. They also want the CPRB to have the power to overturn the finding of internal affairs and to change policy in the police department. Right now, the CPRB can make recommendations, but the final decisions are left with the professionals who understand police policies. If you watch the videos over the past year of the CPRB hearings, you will see that on February 13, 2018, DPD asked the members to do some things that would help them understand police work, including Blue Team Training, Reality Based Training, Ride alongs and invited them to come to IAD to see their process. These things should be required, because when you see their case decisions on these videos, it is clear they do not care if an officer followed procedure and will vote to “not concur” with the internal affairs decision, simply because they do not understand police work or the policies they must obey. (2/12/19 and 1/8/19 CPRB videos on Swagit) https://dallastx.swagit.com/citizen-police-review-board Speaking for the coalition at public meetings including CPRB meetings, town halls and meeting with Chief Hall, you will find Dominique Alexander of Next Generation Action Group. He has convictions for Serious Bodily Injury to a Child as well as Falsifying a Police Report. Records can be found at https://www.dallascounty.org/services/record-search/ His next criminal trial, which is for theft, is in Denton County set for April 1, 2019. It was his protest in 2016 that cost the lives of 5 officers. He has led dozens of protests in downtown Dallas since that day, and Dallas police officers must show up to protect them, yet this is who the city and chief are taking advice from regarding the review of alleged police misconduct? Police and citizens should be extremely offended that he is being given an audience with the highest ranking officials in Dallas. It is time for the citizens to speak up on behalf of our police. They have been dragged through the mud repeatedly by the city and enough is enough! They are severely understaffed and giving people who have no clue what their job actually involves the power to investigate and mete out punishment, even if they did their jobs as directed, is unacceptable. Please sign the petition and let the Dallas Police know that citizens have their backs! Speakers in opposition were denied the opportunity to voice their concerns in a public meeting on February 11th. If you attended the town hall meetings and filled out the survey, in which they asked you not identify yourself, know that the same people from the ‘coalition’ attended every meeting and filled out surveys each time, making it appear that more citizens agree with their agenda. We cannot afford to lose any more officers, this time because they may be punished or fired by a board of non-trained citizens. PETITION-Dallas citizens are not in agreement with giving the Citizens Police Review Board power to change decisions made by the Dallas Police Department, nor should the city fund or allow independent investigations be made by the board, outside of current rules. Officers are already subject to investigations from Internal Affairs, Dallas District Attorney Investigators and the Texas Rangers, as well as a contracted investigator paid for by the city at the request of the CPRB, should they make that request. Instead, please consider the following. 1. Board members need to be vetted for bias (in either direction) before being allowed to sit on the board. No convicted criminals should sit on the board. 2. Board members need to be required to have Reality Based Training and participate in ride alongs before being allowed to vote. They should have easy access to current police policies as well as policies when alleged violation occurred. If they are too afraid to go on ride alongs, they clearly cannot comprehend what an officer deals with on a daily basis, and should not be allowed to sit on the board.3. Since transparency is one of the key demands by the coalition, the city should promote the existence of the CPRB on it’s pages and website, including links to the DPD pages that consistently announce when an officer is arrested or fired. Offer FULL transparency and publicize when an officer is exonerated and a false complaint was filed, as well.4. Implement an Early Warning System. This is beneficial to the police department as well as the citizens. 5. Ensure the CPRB members understand their current abilities, which include the ability to contract an independent investigator. Use the tools you have before claiming they do not work and spending millions of tax dollars.6. Allow citizens complaints to be sent through the CPRB if they are uncomfortable with going directly to the police.7. Have the Internal Affairs representative explain, in detail, why they came to a decision when reporting to the CPRB. Read the exact policy and don’t just say, “The officer followed or did not follow policy”. This would allow the board and complainant to understand why they came to their conclusion, hopefully eliminating the numerous times the board disagrees with their conclusion due to not understanding policy.8. Publish a list of the current training for officers such as de-escalation, use of force and chase policies. The speakers for the coalition have referred to cases from 20-30 years ago, before these policies were enacted. Using these as examples of the need today for oversight by non-police trained citizens is disingenuous. 9. Ensure body worn cameras are available for every officer, not just some. Cameras are the best evidence for investigators. 10. Allow mediation for complaints as long as all parties agree. 11. Create PSA’s explaining what to do and what not to do when encountered by police so citizens understand they have the ability to de-escalate a situation.12. Implement programs that teach our citizens and youth what to do and not do when interacting with police. If citizens fear the police, they need to understand basic respect and compliance is necessary to allow the police to do their jobs.  

Andrea Mendoza
173 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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
51,474 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Andover Residents at Andover Memorial Library, Paul J. Salafia, Andrew Flanagan, Massachusetts residents #BostonStrong, Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Governor, James Lyons, Russell Holmes, John Keenan, Sheldon Berman, Patrick Keefe, M. Colford, Philip Conrad, Director , Cory A. Booker

63y Black Woman Attacked by Andover Mass. Chief of Police Patrick Keefe. Sign for Resign!

November 3, 2018, a little over a year (13 months in fact) after Lt. Chad Cooper and Andover Chief of Police Patrick Keefe nearly broke my back for demanding that I be treated like every other Andover Massachusetts resident and not be smeared, scapegoated, and stereotyped, when I declared a sit-in protest in their so-called public safety building, after they tried to make a monkey out of me for trying to alert them to a so-called "See Something - Say Something" event. This update is to people of all faith, color, race, age, gender, religion, disability, ideology, ethnicity, social economic classification, and national origin. It also matter little where you are in the country, and even if you live overseas. All you need is a desire to make the world a better place, return power to the people, which power has been usurped from them (By the way, did you know that police is not accountable to anyone? I am not referring to the few model police departments - of course. They are too few and far between, plus as a linguist and a former Language Arts teacher, and a professor of Graduate School First and Second Language Acquisition, I can tell you with reasonable certainty that the exceptions do not make the rule. I CAN ALSO TELL YOU FOR A FACT THAT I DO NOT NEED TO RAISE MUCH MONEY. I NEED ABOUT $1,000 TO DEPOSE THE TWO DEFENDANTS AND I ESTIMATE ANOTHER $2,000 TO HIRE AN EXPERT WITNESS - MEDICAL. I WOULD LIKE TO HIRE A POLICE MISCONDUCT EXPERT AND AN INCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION EXPERT (AN ADDITIONAL $4,000) ALL OF WHICH WOULD AMOUNT TO ABOUT $7,000, SINCE I AM DOING ALL OF THE MOTION WORK AND COURT APPEARANCE AND ALSO COVERING ALL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES OUT OF MY LIVING MONEY. Injustice to one is injustice to all! MLK. I am fighting for what was done to me, for my 3 children, for all of those who are being victimized, oppressed, repressed, suppressed, murdered, for all of you who live under the system of injustice and discrimination, and more importantly for those who will come after me. We have the right to live in a "free society," and hold the status quo to the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. YOU CAN MAKE AN ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTION. IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE CONTRIBUTING ONLINE - EMAIL ME AT: CREATELINKUSA.COM IF YOU PREFER TO MAIL A CHECK. BANK CHECKS ARE FINE SINCE I LIKE ACCOUNTABILITY - BELIEVE IN FULL DISCLOSURE AND ABSOLUTELY DETEST CORRUPTION AND CON-ARTISTRY OF ANY SORT ON THE PART OF INDIVIDUALS - POLITICIANS - BUSINESSES - GOVERNMENT OR ANY INSTITUTIONS. My lawsuit against the 2 Andover policemen (Lt. Chad Cooper and Police Chief Patrick Keefe) who injured me on October 5, 2017 for protesting their venal and racist policing, is in discover (This means that I am in the mist of intensely investigating the case to discover evidence that will be admissible in court. I WOULD NEVER ASK ANYONE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ANYTHING. IN FACT I NEVER ASKED FOR HELP FROM ANYONE. HOWEVER AFTER TEACHING AT ALL LEVELS OF EDUCATION AND WORKING FOR 2 DEPARTMENTS ON 2 CONTINENTS - STUDYING ON 3 CONTINENTS INCLUDING EUROPE - I AM NOW A RETIRED TEACHER WHO RAISED 3 EXCEPTION CHILDREN ALL THREE OF WHOM HAVE GRADUATED WITH HONOR, ON THE DEAN LIST AND SUMMA CUM LAUDE  (A TEACHER'S SALARY IS JUST ENOUGH TO MAKE IT THROUGH EACH MONTH). ALL THEY OF MY CHILDREN ARE DOING WELL. BUT THE DETERIORATION OF ECONOMIC LIFE IN THE US COMBINED WITH STUDENT LOAN (EACH EACH OF COLLEGE COSTS APPROXIMATELY $40,000 WHICH RENDERS SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS IRRELEVANT). I have thousands of dollars in hospital bills, and - a year and a hospital admission later - I am just beginning to be able to sit, lay down, and walk without developing acute pain. What that means is that I need to depose the two defendants in person, send out subpoenas to discover evidence, make copies of hundred of pages of documents, file motions in court, hire expert witnesses in preparation for trial - if the case were to go to trial. All of this also means that I already past the stage of sending out written questions and requests for documents. However, this also means that they can lie in their answers and deflect, which they have done, even though they have to answer them under oath. They have also obfuscated in turning over pertinent documents. After all, rather than using their town attorney, they have hired high-priced and over-paid attorneys from a large firm in Boston. However, I am still holding my own, toe to toe. The thing is that one mistake in prosecuting a lawsuit can prove fatal to the case if it is material. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT I PREVAIL IN THIS CASE FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO CANNOT STAND UP, FIGHT THE POLICE STATE AND PRISON INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM AND SPEAK ON THEIR OWN BEHALVES. Money is not all that one needs to prevail in litigation. I also need everyone to sign the petition to force the town to review the misconduct and civil rights violations, and take necessary measures to make sure this type of thing never happens again by implementing reform. I weight 98 pounds and I am in my 60's, with a pre-existing spinal condition. The Defendants, by their own admissions are in their 50's and 40's with male muscular built, law enforcement training, and weight an approximate combined 520 pounds. I am 5'4, while they both are 5'8 and 6 feet tall respectively. Sign the petition and contribute. if you wish to contribute, please go to: https://www.createlinkusa com/Emergency-Giving-Fund.html Read what happened here: https://www.linkedin com/pulse/andover- massachusetts-chief-police- patrick-keefe-must-marie- yolette/ Like my articles on Linkedin. Leave a comment, and follow me on Facebook or on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ jesuieserenity?lang=en Start me of! Share this petition widely! Thank you. " Lawsuits are made to test the Law;   Change Laws; and    for people to not take the law into their own hands;" If you prevail, you might get money damages, but more essentially, you will succeed in changing behavior and even make crucial changes and improve life in society for everyone else. Also, visit me here: https://www.life-self mastery.com/ I am on Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress, and all social media platforms. I am also a Google Blogger.  ReplyForward  READ WHAT HAPPENED HERE When I entered the Andover public safety building on October 5, 2017, and declared that I would remain there until someone speaks with me about the concerns that I had expressed over the phone, I essentially triggered the First Amendment. Subsequently, any action by any police officer to infringe upon my Firs Amendment guarantees, was going to necessarily be unconstitutional, including any attempt to physically remove or arrest me. The bottom line is that if I were to be removed by any means other than due process of law, at that time, such action was bound to collide with the First, Fourth, Fifth, and the Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. See U.S. Supreme Court Tennessee v. Garner (1985). Police Perversion of the United States Constitution and The Bill of Rights After their racially-driven and unconstitutional arrests, fraudulent use of the civil commitment law, hoax criminal charges and harassment, all failed to deter me from demanding accountability from the Town of Andover and its Police Department and Fire and Rescue Department, a Chief Commander who also should be fired, called the Police Chief when he was off-duty, to come into the police station to handle something such “so-called” Chief Commander should have been able to manage by himself, especially, since I had written down for them two of several ways they could have legally brought my protest to an end: (1) A police officer, or anyone else, for that matter, could have come into the lobby and talk to me. I would have waited if they were busy, and that would have addressed and resolved the reason for my protest in the first place; or (2)They had the means and a dedicated video and audio set up to seek an immediate injunction within the comfort of the building, people like me contribute to pay for. Had they chosen to use that readily available mean, and they prevailed, I would have gone home to appeal any such injunction, but I would waited at home for the Appeals Court’s decision. What is really ironic, and almost Shakespearean, is that they were very likely to get injunctive relief, even on my appeal, in which case, the ruling judge would have framed the parameters for my protest, for not even a judge can tell anyone that they have to stop protesting. How Did a Chief of Police Go so Berserk? The Chief Commander and the Chief of Police did not want to do anything that would fall under the legal jurisdiction of the court. I am holding back on mentioning the names of these individuals for now, out of a sense of deference for the residents of the Town of Andover. I want to afford Andover Town residents the kind of benefits Andover Town officials have intentionally and recklessly denied me.That is a chance to finally do the right thing. I did give this Town and every official, police and otherwise, the benefit of the doubt for 7 years, until I did not. Now, I am re-instating that benefit to them temporarily, to see if they have the capacity to earn it back. They also had the option to make up some false pretense, as they are very good at doing, and had done before, to arrest me. That would have been unconstitutional, but at least, it would not have been the brutal felony assault and battery this unfit Chief of Police and his co-conspiring Commander ended up perpetuating on me. What they did was, rather than taking any of the several legal routes at their fingertips, they chose to scrape the very bottom of their dirty bag of tricks for the last, filthiest, and illegal trick: The illegal use of force, resulting in severe injury to me. The Residents of Any Town Must Be Too Proud for This! No Town deserves a Police Chief who so obviously shows himself or herself to be a possible danger to its residents. There are too many elephants laying around in our police departments, our legislatures, our courts, and in town offices. We all know where they are. Ignoring them will not make them go away. They will simply continue to undermine and compromise the structure and foundation of the rights, privileges, and immunities, the Founding Fathers built into the checks and balances system, and left behind. Those are the best things we have going for us, and the only things that makes America Great in any meaningful way. To allow this particular Police Chief to get away with such reckless act and illegal conduct, along with the violation of well-established rights, would defile the sacrifices of those who have fought to secure life, liberty, and justice for all in this country. These are ideals that we are still trying to achieve. It will take time, even more sacrifices by my many — some famous and others unsung heroes, as well as determination and staying-power to help give birth to, thus contribute to the formation of that more Perfect Union. In order to safeguard the integrity of the Town of Andover, the community at large and the nation must demand accountability from this Police Department and Town officials. Chief Patrick Keefe must be made to resign, be fired, or undergo a mental health evaluation to ensure that, under the right set of circumstances, he will not attack and injure anyone else who is freely and peacefully exercising rights that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Get Involved! Holding Police Accountable for Misconduct Requires An All-Hands on Deck Strategy Call and Demand Reform and Accountability from Andover Officials by Contacting: Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Paul J. Salafia at 978-623-8200 Town Manager Andrew Flanagan: 978-623-8210 Andover Police Department: (978) 475-0411 Andover Chief of Police Patrick Keefe at 978-475-0411 ext. 1005 Andover Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Mansfield: 978-475-1281 Town Clerk Lawrence Murphy: 978-623-8230 Tweet: @AndrewPFlanagan @AndoverMassPD #Andover @AndoverMaGov @Town_Mgr_Maylor #customerservice CONTACTS FOR MASSACHUSETTS ELECTED OFFICIALS Andover State Senators:  Barbara L’italien: (617) 722-1612 Email: barbara.l'italien@masenate.gov James Lyons: (617)722-2460 Email: James.Lyons@mahouse.gov U.S. Senators: Markey, Edward J. 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-2742Contact: www.markey.senate.gov/contact  Warren, Elizabeth 317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-4543Contact: www.warren.senate.gov/contact Massachusetts Governor: Charlie Bake: 617-725-4005 Massachusetts Attorney General: Maura Healey: (617)7274765 Massachusetts Senate:   President Stanley C. Rosenberg: (617) 722-1500 Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov  Citizen Engagement Committee Chairs: Harriette Chandler: (617) 722-1544 Email: Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov  Senator Bruce Tarr: (617) 722-1600 Email: Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov Joint Committee on the Judiciary Senate William Brownsberger: (617) 722-1280  Email: William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov andoverma.govSonia Chang Diaz: (617) 722-1673 Email: Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov House Claire Cronin; (617) 722-2396 Email: Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov James Cantwell: (617) 722-2396 Email: James.Cantwell@mahouse.gov              #civil #civilrights #uniteforcivilrights #vetstakeknee #lawyers #committee #RaceForward #RacialJustice #iwalkforjustice #abaday #outatwork #lebronjames #BlackLivesMatter #colinkeapernik #WeAllWeGot #RoadRiverRail #PatersonRaised #NAACP #nojusticenopeace #eagletribune #andoverhighschool #andover #mshs #nawebnews #billerica #tewksbury #hastags #andoverpatch #northandover #massstatepolice  Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/jesuieserenity    

MarieYolette Winfield
210 supporters