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Police Brutality

204 petitions

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Petition to Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Justice For Tamir Rice

More than a year after police shot and killed my 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice as he played in a park with a toy gun, a grand jury declined to charge the officers who opened fire on Tamir in less than 2 seconds of arriving to the scene.My family is saddened and disappointed– but we are not surprised.Since Tamir was killed, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty has been on the side of the police -- manipulating the grand-jury process so that they would vote against indicting the officers. We need the U.S. Department of Justice to step in to conduct a real investigation into the killing of a 12-year-old child.Even though video shows police shooting Tamir immediately, Prosecutor McGinty hired so-called expert witnesses to tell the grand jury their conduct was reasonable and justified. It is unheard of, and highly improper, for a prosecutor to hire "experts" to try to exonerate the targets of a grand-jury investigation. These are the sort of "experts" we would expect the officer's criminal-defense attorney to hire — not the prosecutor.He gave the officers special treatment which would never be given to non-police suspects.The Department of Justice has launched independent investigations into police killings of civilians before. Last year, they launched one in response to the killing of John Crawford, who, like Tamir, had a toy gun in his hand while shopping at a Walmart when police rushed in and shot him to death. A Change.org petition helped make that investigation happen and that’s why I need your signature.Please sign my petition asking the Department of Justice to launch a federal investigation into prosecutor McGinty's handling of the grand jury process; and for the killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice. LaTonya Goldsby 

LaTonya Goldsby
75,552 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to The New York City Council, Laurie A. Cumbo

Support NY Legislation Bill 1481-2017

Bill 1481, which is currently in committee, requires that all police officers receive sensitivity training on a biennial basis to assist them in responding to survivors of gender-based street harassment and sexual assault. This training shall be sensitive to cultural differences, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation. We, the students of The High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn, believe Bill 1481 should be passed because it would help police be more aware of how to take care of the citizens they are supposed to protect. This bill would allow these victims to reveal what happened to them to the police by facilitating better communication to make the victims feel more comfortable. By making victims and everyone in the community feel more comfortable they will also feel safer and will create a better relationship between police officers and the community they serve. We believe there is a lot of tension and hostility against police officers due to many recent events, and based on research and observations we've made we see that one of the most important root causes is police training. This is why we support Bill 1481 and feel that the more we improve police training the more we can trust the policemen who are supposed to protect us. Please sign our petition to show support for this bill so that we can improve our community.

Victoria Rodriguez
10 supporters