Police Brutality

217 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, John Kasich, Bob Latta, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Marcy Kaptur, Jim Jordan, Tim Ryan, Marcia Fudge, Joyce Beatty, Pat Tiberi, Michael Turner, Steve Chabot, Brad Wenstrup, Ted Cruz, U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Cory Booker, Patty Murray, Al Franken

Save Lives by Requiring Crisis Intervention Training for All Police Officers

At the moment, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) is considered optional for our police officers. This life-saving program teaches officers how to better interact with mentally ill citizens, whether it be for a wellness check or a reported disturbance. This sort of training is crucial, as 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a mental illness (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Sadly, however, we can see the apparent shortage of Crisis Intervention Training as those with mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other citizens (Democracy Now). When a person calls the police to perform a welfare check on a loved one, the goal is to make sure they're alive and ok. Too frequently, these checks escalate, due to a lack of training, and their loved one is killed. Through CIT, officers can learn from those living with mental illness by participating in an interactive panel where civilians share their own experiences and answer officers' questions. With Crisis Intervention Training our police officers can be better prepared to provide the help that is necessary.  This training not only protects civilians, but officers as well - forces that utilize Crisis Intervention Training have reported an 80% decrease in officer injuries (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, Christie Limbert, called CIT ,"the best investment law enforcement and a community can make in responding to individuals with mental health issues. The fact is, CIT saves lives, including law enforcement officers’ lives." Research is overwhelmingly in favor of Crisis Intervention Training as its benefits have been proven time and time again. It is not too much to ask that our police force is adept to handle the needs of ALL civilians. Proper training starts here. Ohio Attorney General - Crisis Intervention Training  

Lindsay Durham
19 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Channing Phillips

Drop the Charges Against Trump's First Political Prisoners

On January 20, 2017, tens of thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. to oppose the inauguration of Donald Trump. A wide variety of demonstrations countered the spectacle of the inauguration, making it clear to the world that many of us reject Trump's cruel and divisive leadership.  A day of defeat became a moment of resistance, and set the stage for the travel ban protests that followed. While Trump and his army of trolls have encountered few meaningful obstacles in the halls of power, grassroots resistance has persisted. Unfortunately, with resistance comes repression. After terrorizing protesters (including children, the elderly, and people with disabilities) with pepper spray and ‘stinger’ grenades, DC police cordoned off an entire city block and mass-arrested more than 230 people. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff (under the authority of U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips) later sought an indictment charging more than 200 people with at least eight felonies each—for rioting, inciting a riot, conspiracy to riot, and property destruction—punishable by up to 75 years in prison. With these unprecedented, excessive charges, the state is cracking down on dissent - allowing Trump to pursue his agenda challenged only by symbolic hand-wringing. This strategy corresponds with a broader wave of repression, from arrests and grand jury investigations of Indigenous water protectors at #StandingRock, to the demonization of #BlackLivesMatter. Just as our struggles are connected, these arrests represent a threat to all people fighting for true freedom, dignity, and autonomy.  Join the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Partnership For Civil Justice Fund, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and other civil liberties advocates in standing with the J20 defendants. Call on the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia to immediately drop all charges. --------------------------- Learn more at Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share this petition with your friends and family! (and use #dropj20 !)

2,310 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to James Glasgow, Bruce Rauner, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, United States Supreme Court, President of the United States


                                                         Will County Illinois Sheriffs Police and or prosecutors hid this video for over 2+ years (conveniently after the "then" statutes of limitations)!!! I was wrongfully arrested, charged, and convicted of aggravated battery to a police officer with "serious bodily injury" (when only I was injured).This video would have easily proved my actual innocence. However, even with this blatant "Brady violation" (-the illegal withholding of evidence which would have benefited the defendant in a favorable manner), prosecutors still threaten to re-prosecute for this same case yet again once the pending appeal for this case gets overturned by the appellate courts. Will County prosecutors continue to ignore these issues and could care less about everything which improperly happened to me before, during, and after this extreme miscarriage of Justice done at their hands in full. One of the head prosecutors assuredly informed me that "re-prosecution" would take place in a very threatening and intimidating manner and tone just before the third and final "Evidentiary Hearing" took place. Furthermore, not only was this video intentionally hidden, it was also tampered with, and destroyed at one point until the video could finally be restored years later and after I had already served the sentence and had my life turned upside down. I lost my job, my house, my car, and very nearly my life. The most tragic part of all is I have lost much of my health due to a direct result of this. I suffer extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) as well as several other health problems that I never had before all this. Nobody admits any wrongdoing and it was said at court that I was " just extremely lucky" to have had a misdemeanor conviction plea instead of being a convicted Felon at this point. What an overlook!! The system even when confronted red handed STILL intentionally fails to consider the possibility that there was either police misconduct, prosecutorial misconduct, or even both. (To this day "COURT ORDERED" case related video footages which exist remain DEVIOUSLY "not turned in" in addition to everything else)! All I can ask of anyone now, is to PLEASE SIGN this PETITION!!! Let's show the state of IL that they too must follow and adhere to a individuals HUMAN & Constitutional rights. I am petitioning for a FULL and INDEPENDENT Investigation on this matter because this has been "falling on fraudulent and deaf ears for nearly 6 years"!! As U.S. Citizens we must stick together for our rights no matter who it was that abused them; and especially when it is done by the very people who are supposed to be Protecting and Serving us!...LINK to the video is below and at top of this page. Thank you in advance for taking a quick minute to sign this petition for a fair look into this unbelievable situation of Justice gone wrong and failed so far up to this point!                                                                                        

Robert Boyle
3,365 supporters