Police Brutality

90 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Eric Greitens

Justice for a Stl man who attempted to protect himself from severe police brutality

Michael Vehlewald of Saint Louuis County was convicted in Saint Charles County in 2008 of assault on law enforcement officers. Judge Rauch sentenced him to 105 years in prison after refusing to feed the jury in order to get a "premature" verdict in Mr. Vehlewald's case. At the time of arrest Mr. Vehlewald was being beaten by St. Charles officers to the point the hospital photos of him were unrecognizable. He feared for his life and attempted to protect himself from what he thought would be his death. Mr. Vehlewald was so severely injured from the altercation he could barely walk or speak from injuries to the head and body. In 2011 an article was written in the Suburban Journals (now StlToday) about the injustice of the case by Judge Rauch which included statements from lawyer Tracy Brown. Mr. Vehlewald has been an inmate at Potosi Correctional Center for the past 14 years resulting in missing out on his 3 children growing up, the passing of his mother and the birth of 2 grand children. Mr. Vehlewald has completed every program possible and received necessary certificates from each. He has become a reformed inmate and just wants the chance to be a productive part of society. We are asking for your signatures to help Mr. Vehlewald come home to his family and be given the chance to prove he has been reformed. To be able prove he can be the best father, grand father, brother, uncle and husband he already is. Help bring justice for Mr. Vehlewald and his family and fight back against excessive time that results in cruel and unusual punishment!

Stacey Vehlewald
146 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Andrew Warren

Drop All Charges Against Robert E Washington

View the video of this unjust arrest here. Warning: it may be triggering! Robert Washington, 33, was walking home from a convenience store to eat a sandwich one hot July evening. This should have been without incident. However, a Tampa Police Officer staked him out--and then followed him.  She pursued him and demanded his time and attention, to which he, within his rights, said No! Robert just wanted to go home and eat his sandwich in peace. However, the police officer could not take no for an answer. She continued to harass Robert--but Robert stood his ground and would not let her take up any more of his time. That's when she told him she needed to speak with him because "he was wearing a hoodie" and "looked like somebody".  As he attempted to enter his own home, he was attacked by several police officers, who brutally took him down and arrested him.  His charges?Resisting Arrest and Battery on a Law Enforcement OfficerHow do you get arrested for resisting arrest but have not committed any other crime? Why did the officer pursue him? According to documents provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa Police Department disparately arrests black civilians over white civilians. Tampa Police have a long history of using racial bias to make decisions when it comes to citing and arresting civilians. For example, the DOJ investigation in the biased biking while black report. Tampa's population is 26% black and 64% white. Despite this, in 2016, just one year before Robert's arrest, black people accounted for 54% of all arrest. This is a severe over representation! [Per FDLE's Uniform Crime Arrest Report in 2016: Tampa Police Department]. The same trend is apparent in the years 2013-2015 as well. For this reason, we stand with Robert and believe that he was racially profiled by the police and his rights were violated! State Attorney Andrew Warren: On the campaign trail, you claimed to be a champion of justice--to change the paradigm. Yet, your office is prosecuting this man for the crime of being black in America right under your nose. We are asking for your office to drop all charges against Robert Washington and hold racially profiling police officers responsible for their biases! -The Restorative Justice Coalition- View the video of this injustice right here (separated into four parts).  

Restorative Justice Coalition
211 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Jessie Liu, Rizwan Qureshi, Jennifer Kerkhoff, Sarah Flores, Michael Horowitz, Robin Ashton

Drop the Charges Against Trump Inauguration Protesters

On January 20, 2017, tens of thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. to protest 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 the president's cruel and divisive leadership.  A day of defeat became a moment of resistance, setting the stage for grassroots resistance that has persisted throughout the Trump administration.  Unfortunately, with resistance comes repression. After attacking protesters (including small children, and other unlikely 'rioters') with pepper spray and ‘sting-ball’ grenades, DC police cordoned off an entire city block and mass-arrested more than 230 people.  In an unprecedented move, the US Attorney for DC later indicted more than 200 people with at least eight felonies each—for rioting, inciting a riot, conspiracy to riot, and property destruction—which carry sentences of up to 75 years in prison.  As the cases progressed, some charges were dismissed for various reasons (including legal mistakes and lack of evidence). The first trials were a complete defeat for the prosecution, with a jury returning 42 'not-guilty' verdicts.  Yet, the majority of defendants still face sentences of more than 60 years.  (Read more about the prosecutions here: With these unprecedented, excessive charges, the US Government is cracking down on dissent. This strategy corresponds with a broader wave of repression—including state legislation to criminalize protest, and the demonization of #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeAKnee.  Join the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Defending Rights and Dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and many 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 the charges! --------------------------- Learn more at Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share this petition widely! #DropJ20

5,861 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman, John Kasich, California State Senate, U.S. Senate, New York State Senate, Catharine Young, Michigan State Senate, Jerry Hill, Ohio State House, Jim Jordan, Marcy Kaptur, Tim Ryan, Marcia Fudge, Joyce Beatty, Pat Tiberi, Michael Turner, Brad Wenstrup, Steve Chabot, Dave Joyce, Steve Stivers, Bill Johnson, Bob Latta, Jim Renacci, Barbara Sears

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
152 supporters