Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Clinton Foundation, Michelle Bachelet, CNN, Amy Goodman
Hands Up Act
My name is Travis Washington. I will be graduating with an M. A, degree in Higher Education and Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in May 2019. I have been politically involved, from registering people to vote, to work in the Springfield Capitol (as an Alexander Lane Fellow, January to May 2017). We know how so many people of cultural minorities are in constant fear of leaving their household. This fear in our lives far too often comes from individuals working in public safety who harm people. Every single week we hear about another unarmed innocent vulnerable human being shot by the police. This has increased the trauma and fear that has made people of color scared to leave their homes. We need legislation now that prohibits police officers from shooting unarmed citizens. If there isn’t a weapon found after someone has been shot (therefore, unarmed) by a police officer, then I propose that the officer should receive a mandatory 15-year prison sentence. We have seen over and over police officers get off, even with videotape footage of citizens having been shot by police officers. This is a new form of lynching. I am pleading with you to propose a bill that protects people who have every right to feel threatened by law enforcement. We always say we need more training for those involved in public safety, and there are increasing policies and laws that mandate that police officers have “body cameras” on them. Those measures do not address the whole problem, not when the individual officers who shoot unarmed victims aren’t punished. Senator, we are in a crisis where relationships between people of color and police officers are deteriorating, beyond the critical level. In order to build any sort of positive relationships again, we need laws to keep a balance in the lives of all the public. I might even suggest this as a title for this proposed legislation: the Hands UP ACT. I will be emailing this to the all of your colleagues in the U. S. Senate, members of Congress, State Governors; Democracy Now, the Huffington Post, ThinkProgress; and to other appropriate organizations across the country. Once this petition receives enough attention. My goal to speak before the House of Representatives or United Nations during a committee hearing to bring attention to this policy. Thank You
Petition to Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Jeff Follmer
This cop killed my son. He doesn't deserve a badge.
Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann shot my 12 year old son — Tamir Rice — less than one second after getting out of his car. Now Cleveland’s police union wants him back on the force. The Cleveland police department’s investigation after Loehmann murdered Tamir revealed that Loehmann had lied on his job application, claiming he left another police department (in Independence, Ohio) for “personal reasons.” In fact, he had resigned from the Independence Police Department when he learned they were going to fire him — because they had determined he was unstable and unfit to be a police officer. After discovering this lie, the Cleveland Police department fired Loehmann — but Cleveland’s police union immediately appealed the decision and is trying to get him reinstated. An arbitrator recently ruled against Loehmann and the police union’s attempt to get him back on Cleveland’s police force. That would usually be the end of it — but the police union is still fighting to make Loehmann a police officer again. Timothy Loehmann should never have been hired, and he should never have been in a position to take Tamir’s life. He’s unstable, dishonest, dangerous, and he’s already killed unjustly and recklessly. He definitely shouldn’t be on the streets with a badge and gun, and ever since he murdered Tamir I’ve been fighting to make sure that doesn’t happen. When Loehmann tried to get a job at another police department in Ohio, he was forced to withdraw his application after I spoke out, along with thousands of people in Ohio and across the country. Now it’s time for us to speak out again. Far too often, police unions succeed in quietly getting corrupt and dangerous officers back in their jobs after the public’s attention has moved on. That’s what they’re trying to do here. We can stop it from happening — and make it less likely in the future — by publicly confronting the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. "Stop defending the officer who killed Tamir Rice and trying to get him back on the police force. Putting Timothy Loehmann back on the streets with a badge and gun would threaten public safety, and send the dangerous message that police officers are above accountability for their actions."
Petition to Patty Murray, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington State House, Washington State Senate, Lynda Wilson, Vicki Kraft, Paul Harris, Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Demand Washington police to wear body cams
From February 2019 through March 2019 there was 4 shootings by Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Officers: (To honor all of families grieving we chose to not release any additional details as part of this initiative) African-American man shot and injured by VPD in Portland, OregonChuukese 16-year-old did not survive shooting by VPD in Vancouver, WashingtonHomeless man shot did not survive shooting by VPD in Vancouver, WashingtonAfrican-American man did not survive shooting VPD in Vancouver, WashingtonOur community is outraged and do not feel safe as in the last 25 years Vancouver, Washington has not felt or heard of this type of activity from our Local Police Department (The Columbian, 3/2019) and as a comm”UNITY” we need to seek changes in the ways Vancouver Police responds to our community of color and marginalized community members in mental health crisis. We need to know what has happened in 2019 that would dramatically change VPD police outcomes in such a short period of time when Vancouver police have upheld a reputation that they do not use excessive force... until this year! ALL community deserves and has the right to feel safe in their community and it is time for us to STAND UP…and BE HEARD! Please sign this petition to: Demand answers from Vancouver Police Department and other City of Vancouver Leadership;Demand required BODY CAMERAS, DASH BOARD CAMERAS, and ONGOING DEESCALATION, CULTURAL and MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING AND POLICIES. https://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/2019/03/vancouver-police-involved-in-3rd-fatal-shooting-in-3-weeks.html (Main picture from KOIN)
Petition to Timothy McGinty, John Kasich
Justice for Tamir Rice
My cousin Tamir was only 12-years-old when he was shot and killed last year by a Cleveland police officer as he played in a park with a toy gun. Timothy Loehmann, an officer in training, shot and killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the park. The police car hadn’t even fully stopped before he began shooting.He shot my little cousin so quickly it would have been impossible for him to tell Tamir to drop the toy airsoft gun, much less for Tamir to respond to them.Tamir’s killing was captured on camera. That should have been all that was needed to charge the officer. But next month marks a full year since his death and the County Prosecutor, Timothy McGinty, has still not even presented this case to a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed against the officers.This is unacceptable. Timothy McGinty needs to be replaced with a special prosecutor, who are used in high-profile cases, to ensure that there isn’t bias.Our family believes that McGinty is clearly biased and in favor of the officers. This week he released two “expert” reviews which sided with the officers even though neither of the review writers had even interviewed the officers.Please join Tamir’s family in calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to this case.
Petition to ROBERT MOOSSY, Jonathan M. Smith, US Justice Department
Investigate my husbands unexplained death
More than 6 months ago, my husband was arrested in a dispute over a 2 dollar bus ticket and taken to Prince George’s County Detention Center. That was the last time I saw him alive. The officers responsible for causing his death were also in charge of investigating it, and I have no confidence in the objectivity or truthfulness of their findings. Since 2008, there have been at least three unexplained deaths of inmates at this detention center. That's why I need the Department of Justice to investigate and help find justice for my husband. My name is Regina Shields, Samuel Shields’ widow. I am writing this petition not only to find justice for my husband but also to perhaps stop a growing trend of police abuse within the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Growing up in and around DC my entire life, I have seen and heard so many stories of police brutality and killings, but never would I have thought it would happen to someone I loved. Now, my husband too, is a statistic. And while I wait for justice, more people are at risk of becoming victims. The police say that my husband became disruptive in custody, went into medical distress, and was taken to the hospital where he died. But a witness who says she was at the jail that afternoon says six officers jumped on him and began beating him into submission when he refused to put on his jumpsuit. She says she heard his screams until he couldn’t scream anymore and saw his lifeless body rushed away. More than half a year has passed, and I have yet to receive any concrete answers concerning the cause of my husband’s death. Nor do I believe the Prince George County Jail or Police Department investigated my husband’s death objectively. No one should be arrested for a petty crime and end up dead. I lost my best friend to police brutality. No one should ever be treated the way he was, beaten and killed as if he weren’t human. I’m doing this for him, because he deserves Justice and I know he would have done the same for me. Far too often we hear this story, and far too often those connected to the brutality are charged with investigating it. The only way we can stop this pattern of unaccountability and guarantee justice is by ensuring that outside, objective legal agencies, take up the investigations in these instances. That is why the Justice Department needs to take this case and help bring closure to me and my family. Please join me and help me find closure. Sign, and tell Robert Moossy of the US Justice Department, Civil Rights Division to investigate my husbands death.
Petition to Phoenix Police Department
Phoenix PD, Name & Fire The Officers Who Held The Ames/Harper Family At Guinpoint!
On or about May 27th or May 29th (reports conflict), Dravon Ames, his partner Iesha Harper (who is five months pregnant), their 4 year old and 1 year old children, were held at gunpoint and terrorized by officers of the Phoenix Police Department. The PHX PD refuses to release the names of these officers. Please sign and demand that they not only release the names of the officers involved, but terminate them from the police force. Video of incident on NBC website Please share & sign!
Petition to Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Mayor De Blasio
Hold NYPD Accountable for Brooklyn Physician
My name is Nabil Abdulghani, MD, an immigrant and to my chosen country at age 8. Due to the convoluted mess caused by hostile local NYPD, I must abbreviate my unfortunate legal situation that is preventing my practicing as a physician in Brooklyn, and which has made my life close to unbearable. I am afraid to say, that I find myself trapped in the limbo of the criminal justice system for the last 13 months, on fallacious allegations, for which all charges were finally dropped after nearly 11 months, with my accuser invariably absent and uncooperative with the ADA. Mr. “X” is a robust 60+ year-old man known to me just as a friendly face from my neighborhood. Unfortunately, on October 14, 2017, while we were exchanging pleasantries in a Bensonhurst Park, this man felt that a “Mexican” was reaching over the bench to “steal.” In an attempt to calm Mr. X down, who was now picking up tree branches and throwing them at every day laborer he deemed “Mexican,” I calmly advised him that he ought to stop his assault, as there were many police around. As a result, MR. X now lashed out at me physically...”you don’t know my temper he stated, as he stood from a bench and tried to punch me in the face ( I’m 5’8”), calling me a “filthy Mexican.” “You wait here,” he tells me, and I think perhaps he is calling the police, so I took a seat in the park and waited 3-5 minutes. This unstable man soon returned with an aluminum Yankee baseball bat in hand. He attempted to strike my face 7-10 , but thankfully, he struck me with a glancing blow beneath my chest, as I moved back. Unable to land a solid head-shot, Mr X became livid. The crafty Me X handed the bat to a neighbor (who took it away) and called the police. Keep in mind, Mr X denied ever being touched or harmed by myself in the police report. I simply could not risk harming this sick man on ethical grounds and because a criminal conviction would cause my medical licensure to be revoked permanently. Four or so marked NYPD cruisers from the 62 nd PCT soon arrived. I fully cooperated and did not resist. Nevertheless, as I was being placed in the cruiser, the police had some difficulty making me fit into the tight rear cage (I’m quite broad shouldered). Angrily, the uniformed officers became aggressive, one PO opened the opposing rear door and tugged on my left arm as several of his colleagues pulled and shoved my head and neck from the door I was entering through. This would eventually cause complete sensory deficit in both arms and hands. There were several witnesses who approached the police in front of me and tried to tell the NYPD that I was the victim of a baseball bat assault, but the NYPD simply directed them away and never recorded this as evidence. As a result of this violent Mr X and his false allegations, I was arrested and charged with several baseless misdemeanors. These lies, along with NYPD mishandling the call, my next 11 months would be spent in King’s County Criminal Court, the prosecution invariably requesting endless adjournments, given that my assailant refused to cooperate with the ADA. My constitutional right to a speedy trial and the NYS “speedy trial statute of limitations” were denied me (90 days allotted to the Prosecutor to declare readiness to proceed). The NYPD also forced myself, an M.D., who is familiar with the relavent medical laws, was forcefully taken to hospital to undergo several X-ray based tests, including full body CT and numerous xrays, sedatives forced upon me...all as I vociferously refused any care whatsoever, exercising my civil right to medical autonomy, which was heinously ignored as I lay shackled to a gurney in the ER, in the most excruciating pain. After spending 2 nights in central booking, I was arraigned by a Judge and a 6 month order of protection in my assailant’s favor was issued. I photographed all injuries resulting from both the NYPD and Mr X, and obtained several witness affidavits. In the days following my release Internal Affairs contacted me in writing “to investigate the injuries I incurred while in NYPD custody. Sadly, Internal Affairs is not the noble watchers most people believe them to be. While cordial and pleasant, no investigation was done. Thankfully, the FBI began to investigate the 62nd pct. Nearing six months after my arraignment, the order of protection was set to expire. Mr X maliciously fabricated a story that I was harassing him. I concluded NYPD recognized his lie, as no officers even came to me. Several days later and 3-4 days prior to the expiry of the order of protection, I was arrested in the court house, immediately after an adjournment. I was fully rebooked and processed by a 62nd pct Detective, who was actually kind to me. I now had an additional charge of violation of court order. After another 50 hours or so in jail, I saw a Judge who released me. I nearly fainted when I read the official hard copy of this arrest. written next to violation of court order, it stated clearly, “non arrestable charge.” Yet another injustice courtesy of the 62nd precinct. In the weeks after I was released, there was a 2-day period, during which I received 50-60 threatening calls. Soon after, Mr X and friend attempted to knock out my security camera with a BB gun, but managed only to put a hole in the window behind the camera. I reported these incidents to the 62nd PCT, which mysteriously did not even investigate. On August 31, 2018, as I returned from a Grocer and anxiously rushed home, I passed by Mr X’s home, necessary since we live a single block from each other. Perhaps 5 feet from Joan home, MR. X exits to take his trash out. Instantly, he began swearing and threatening, and suddenly began to slash and stab at me in the back, as I was trying to cross the street in traffic. To assess the threat and to confirm I was in fact being stabbed, I turned to face my assailant, who was apparently holding a sharpened metallic rod or broom stick, broken off and having sharp jagged edges. He struck my hands, arms, neck, and chest, as I simply attempted to protect my face and eyes. He also managed to penetrate by thrusting the sharp implement into my upper abdomen, exposing the deep fatty layer, which bulged out. I ran across the street and towards my home once traffic allowed. I called the police as I was running home, and they advised me not to move given the possibility of serious bleeding. I waited only after being on the corner of my corner street, and saw my assailant now apparently leaving his house in a bike, weapon in hand. EMS was first on scene and assessed me and advised ER. I refused medical attentio, as most of my injuries were non penetrating, and mainly because my elderly mother was due to come home, and I could not risk scaring her or exposing her to attack. The 62nd pct sent 2 cruisers, with a a pleasant Sergeant, and 4 other POs. They obtained a description of my Mr X, and I pointed the direction to which he fled after quickly going inside to grab his bike. 5 minutes later, MR. X was apprehended and arrested after identified him. The police officers that made the arrest informed me to come by the 62nd pct later in the day, so my injuries can be photographed. 3 or so hours later, I packed my blood soaked tee shirt a pad and pen into a toiletry bag and went to “our” precinct. I was greeted by one of the officers who made the arrest earlier. and spoke to several POs as I presented myself for photos, all POs thus far cooperative. Suddenly, an officer I had never before seen begins to yell at me...”leave the bag on the floor and leave my precinct!” I calmly and naïvely tried to explain my presence, at which point he assaults me, and is quickly joined by 13 or so plain clothed officers, even the 4 who earlier arrested the man who stabbed me. I was quickly cuffed and shackles, and hoisted overhead to take me outside (here, I have a recording that clearly records the interaction from the friendly welcome to the heartless attack on an already stabbed and aching Brooklynite). I can be heard yelling “stop being crazy, I was stabbed,” “and I told to shut the F up,”’as even the very officers who earlier made the arrest now joined their friend in his assault. Outside, I am slammed from a height at least 5-6 feet face flat into the concrete, and black steel toe boots began to kick me, the first one directly to my left eye, which closed my eye with a large hematoma immediately. You can hear me protest about my eye, admittedly adding, “you bastards...you kicked me in the eye,” at which point my voice becomes nasal and congested and comgested by mucous. “What the hell did you find in the bag... tell me... what was in the bag, you asshole? Papers, pen and phone!.” Because I would not be silent, Elbows, kicks, knees, all rained upon me as I lay face flat in to the bloodied concrete. My pants were pulled down to my knees, as members of my community watched helplessly. Again, naïvely, and to demonstrate the brutality with which I was treated, I stated that I apologized to any lady officers for using “foul language.” A blonde haired female officer retorted so heartlessly, “don’t worry, my dick is bigger than yours!” The same “lady” said, “light him up,” and an attempt to tase me was made. Then another of Bensonhurst’s finest, instructs his mates, “just choke him,” but this too failed. Later, Internal Affairs would claim my claims were not substantiated by a silent overhead camera, which would have shown a group of POs piled atop me. When I presented audio that clearly substantiated my heartless beating, Internal Affairs broke off all contact with me. I also emailed video obtained from onlookers, but Internal Affairs continues to ignore me to this day. Again, I was forced against my will to a local Hospital, likely for damage control, punishment, and in hopes of obtaining a psychiatric evaluation that would justify their crime. In this ER, my hands cuffed behind me so tightly as to cause some gangrenous contusions and lacerations, with yet more nerve injury. My hands, as can be seen in the photos documenting my injuries incurred at the hands of the 62nd pct. 20 or so hours later, I was seen by the Judge and release with no bail with 5 newly invented misdemeanor charges -1. Resisting arrest, 2. Obstruction, 3. Loud Noise, 4. Trespassing. No mention of why I was at the precinct, and the fact that my toiletry bag was used as an excuse. On December 10, 2018, I said my prayers and went to court. This particular Judge clearly was fair and nearly dismissed all charges against me. This wonderful Judge asked the Assistant DA why they were still not ready to proceed. The same answer was given- the officer could not be reached to arrange his appearance for the fifth time. Clearly displeased with the answer, the Judge began was just about to dismiss all charges. He chose to grant one more adjournment, scheduled January 21, 2019. He did dismiss and seal a residual order of protection against me, so I can actually leave home without six security cameras in my hat, my buttons, my glasses, etc. The week prior to December 10, 2018 court, I had sent a certified letter to the Brooklyn DA, the Honorable Eric Gonzalez, as well as several emails of the same letter. I took to Twitter to campaign for justice in an attempt to convince the Honorable Brooklyn DA to simply review my case. Many people supported me in my efforts, but the Honorable DA never acknowledged my desperate pleas. Simply as a token gesture, I would have been satisfied with a simple response. I am as certain as can be that if the instigating PO will never cooperate and perjure himself as the video of his dishonrable deed will show who commited a crime that sad August evening in Bensonhurst. Very Truly, Nabil Abdulghani, MD email@example.com Twitter @AbdulghaniMD
Petition to Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Donald J. Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul, Cory A. Booker, Bryan Steil, Marco Rubio, Charles E. Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Tim Kaine, NC Senator Jeff Jackson, AOC
The Behind Closed Doors movement is to give light to the things that happen to us EVERY DAY behind closed doors. This is a petition to make it illegal for police officers to turn off their body camera during an interaction with a person or inmate.