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Police Accountability

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Update posted 16 hours ago

Petition to Michele Stanton, David Petrarca, Martin Busch, Patricia Gionta, Julies 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
305 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti: Allow Angelenos to Vote On the Olympics

Regardless of how you feel about the Olympics, past Games around the world — from Rio to London and beyond — have cost taxpayers billions, displaced tenants and increased police militarization, yet the Los Angeles bid was pushed on the city by Mayor Garcetti without our input (or even a budget). There’s a reason Rome, Boston, Hamburg, Budapest, Krakow, Oslo, Stockholm, and other “smart cities” have recently dropped out of the Olympic running; they listened to grassroots pressure — i.e. the actual voices in their cities — and ultimately did the right thing. The organization which owns the Olympic brand — the IOC — is a brazenly corrupt, unaccountable body that trashes the communities it commandeers and financially ruins entire nations, all so they can sell ad time at your expense. The historical evidence against the Olympics isn’t just overwhelming; it’s damning. Olympic bills have bankrupted Rio, Athens, Vancouver and countless other cities. The six Summer Olympics held between the 1988 Seoul Games and the 2008 Beijing Games forcibly evicted or otherwise displaced more than 2 million people. Even the so-called “successful” 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles (the only Olympics to ever turn a profit) helped militarize the LAPD and expanded Police Chief Daryl Gates’ infamous police gang sweeps, keeping entire areas of the city under conditions of military occupation that continued well beyond the Closing Ceremony and culminated in the 1992 LA Riots. The 2024 bid process already featured a clear lack of transparency and focused primarily on the financial good the games would bring, ignoring potential problems revolving around human rights — specifically housing, homelessness, and detainment. Once the LA bid committee lost the 2024 bid to Paris, the committee and City Council hastily rushed a new, now controversial 2028 Memo of Understanding even though there was no budget included in the plan. The people in charge decided to gamble LA’s future on a project that doesn’t even have a properly vetted budget. How can they be trusted to handle any aspect of the implementation of a 2028 plan when they can’t even follow the basic rules of procedure and common decency? The truth is now apparent; they never wanted your feedback in the first place. But it’s not too late to make our voices heard. The only reasonable conclusion — regardless of your political persuasion, personal affinity for the brand, or community which you represent — is that this decision should be up to the people. Not City Council, who hasn’t done a thorough job of vetting this project in good faith. Not Mayor Garcetti, who is acting out of self-interest. And certainly not the IOC, which is filled with millionaire and billionaire oligarchs who have no interest in sticking up for the best interests of Los Angeles. The Mayor, the developers, and billionaire CEOs behind this bid want you to think it’s a done deal, when really the conversation is just beginning. NOlympics LA is a growing coalition of over 25 community groups across the state opposed to the prospect of an LA Olympics. The group is changing the conversation around the bid, emphasizing not only the lack of transparency and democracy in the process, but the way the Games will exacerbate issues already facing LA, such as a militarized police force, an affordable housing crisis and the highest rate of homeless people in the country. Support the organization's efforts by donating or buying a shirt.

NOlympics LA
1,240 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks 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
46,166 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Andover Police, Andover Residents, Paul J. Salafia, Andrew Flanagan, Massachusetts residents, Elizabeth Warren, Barbara L'Italien, James Lyons, Massachusetts Governor, Edward Markey, Russell Holmes, John Keenan, Sheldon Berman, Patrick Keefe, M. Colford, Philip Conrad, Director , Cory Booker

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

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
11 supporters