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Police Brutality

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This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Andrew S. Gounardes

Hold NYPD Accountable for Brooklyn Physician

Greetings, A Brooklyn, NY Physician, lucky enough to have immigrated to USA at age 8 from the Arab Middle East. Assaulted by an older man in community who lied and had connections to NYPD. As a result,  I was abused and violated by NYPD several times. It took 14+ months to have all charges withdrawn by the Brooklyn ADA with the help of the Honorable Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn District Attorney. The NYC Comptroller's Office was served with multiple Notices of Intent to sue in civil court, 4 of which were acknowledged and accepted, 1 was fully ignored. This very likely caused the Prosecution to drag on the case for so long, never once ready to proceed with trial. Naturally, proceeding with the actual civil claims vs NYPD would have been ill advised unless my name was first cleared. Finally, I was fully exonerated after many ADA requests for adjournments and a violation of my right to a speedy trial. Unfortunately, this occurred only after I was stabbed  by the man who initiated this legal mess in 10/14/2017. He was arrested minutes after his 2nd assault, and I was directed by the 62nd PCT to drop by to have photographic documentation of my numerous penetrating injuries and lacerations. On 8/31/2018, as I was speaking to the officers that earlier aided me and arrested the man who stabbed me, an officer I'd never before met, loudly and aggressively instigated an incident that resulted in 14 officers heartlessly assailing my already injured body. I have audio recorded from the profane verbal assault and command to exit the precinct (legal to record audio in precinct, but not video). Also in my possession is  clear video and audio evidence of the officers, including the ones who had arrested the man who stabbed me, cuffing me in precinct, and hoisting me above their heads. They proceeded to take me outside, where I was slammed from 6 feet onto the hard concrete, face first. At this point, my left eye was brutally kicked with steel toe boots, fracturing my eye socket. The evidence unequivocally shows 14 uniformed officers stomp, kick, knee, punch, tase, verbally hurl racial and sexual slurs at me. One "fine officer" recommends, " Just choke him out, he's too strong." They tried but failed to do so. This ordeal lasted 6 minutes 32 seconds, and I haven't bothered counting the number of blows that rained upon me. I was falsely arrested, and I can be heard screaming, why did you do this, "what probable cause?" I struggled but managed to clearly speak,  with mucous and blood in my mouth, nose, and sinuses. No answer from the cops who committed an assault so brutal, 3rd time, that the stabbing paled in severity. Nevertheless, I was arrested and charged with poorly thought out charges, such as "trespassing in my PCT," "making loud noise (as I screamed in protest of being beaten nearly into unconsciousness); "Resisting arrest," which was a clear lie, since I allowed the marauding officer to cuff me and with the aid of his accomplices, forcefully take me out of the precinct. Thankfully, the Honorable Judge vociferously criticized the ADA's inability to move to trial in a 14 month period. Finally, all charges from the first 4 arrests were dismissed by the Judge. Sternly, the very Honorable Judge, warned the prosecution sternly, "to either produce some witnesses and evidence," or withdraw charges. With reservation, he granted one last adjournment. At the next court appearance, the prosecutor quickly withdrew all remaining charges against me, and I was exonerated. This meant that my Physician Licensure would be safe from permanent revocation. At this stage, I submitted another Notice of Intent to Sue due to the thrashing and clear civil rights violations and violation of due process, stemming from 8/31/2018. The Comptroller's office initially accepted my claim as valid and informed me via USPS Certified mail. Five days later, I received a "Letter of Disallowance" for the same claim. The Comptroller's Office stated that the 30 day period allowed for serving the notice had elapsed. Further stated was that the preceding l acceptance of my claim was errant. I tried several times via certified USPS mail to explain the legal basis of my request to extend any of the time constraints that were alleged to have elapsed. I was ignored twice, until finally serving the same formal request plus copies of all my past claim receipts via Certified USPS Mail, with a signature of receipt and a guarantee of delivery. Now, the Comptroller's Office responded, addressing only the last claim, and answering in the same, unsatisfactory manner as before, never providing a true legal explanation. Further, they fully failed to address the earlier cases, explicitly enumerated in my letter. In that letter, I included contact information for FBI Agents in Criminal Division, who had taken a formal statement in person, lasting nearly 4 hours, and numerous telephone calls. I also made it clear that in the spirit of Justice, I would be seeking remedy in Federal Court, if I could not simply be heard in my day of court. Today, I remain unemployed due to a documented and likely permanent neurologic injury resulting from the very first arrest on 10/14/17 (complete loss of sensation in both arms, hands, and shoulders). I also have numerous fractured bones in my hands, which were stomped on by the 62ND PCT in August 2018. My civil rights have been violated several times, as well as the right of due process, and speedy trial rights. I will never be intimidated and ignored into quiet passivity. I would be a traitor to my fellow Americans, specifically my fellow  New Yorkers. Finally, I wish to sincerely thank the many fine people who supported my campaign for justice, whether it was by signing this petition or providing free legal assistance. I will not let you down. This change.org petition will be shared NYC Mayor, NYC Comptroller, NYS Senator Gounardes,  and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The first  several pages of signatures will be attached. Demand Justice for Dr. Nabil Abdulghani. @AbdulghaniMD @BrooklynDA @NYCLU @DOJ @NYCComptroller @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCMayor @ACLU @NYULAW @CIVILRIGHTS Truly Yours,   JULY 30, 2019 Nabil Abdulghani, MD na388@nyu.edu

Nabil Abdulghani, MD
94 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to ROBERT MOOSSY, Jonathan M. Smith, US Justice Department

Investigate my husbands unexplained death

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 multiple 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.

Regina Shields
70,760 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to The Walt Disney Company

Ask Disney to publicly condemn Mulan lead actress Liu Yifei's support for police brutality

To The Walt Disney Company, We are writing to you as a group of world citizens who are concerned about your upcoming movie Mulan lead actress Liu Yifei's Weibo comment, where she expresses support for Hong Kong police excessive violence against peaceful protestors in Hong Kong seeking democracy by sharing an image that says "I support the Hong Kong police. You can now beat me." She also put her own captions that read "I also support the Hong Kong police" with a heart and flexed biceps emoji. It is beyond doubts, as shown by many video and photo evidence, that the police force has repeatedly broken the international law by their improper use of tear gas, among other things, and international communities such as the U.N. has issued their statement voicing their concerns.  We believe in the strong moral values represented by Disney's films, and many generations of children have learned to be brave against tyranny, self-reflective, and loving towards people from your films. We are very concerned that having a public figure such as Ms. Liu, as the lead actress in Mulan, issuing a statement that endorses violence and the violation of international law would go against Disney's values and set a negative example for your young viewers. We ask you to please issue a public statement to condemn Ms. Liu's post and clarify the moral stance of your company. Thank you! (Photo copyright belongs to the distributor of the film, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and the publisher, Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Michelle Ng
20,030 supporters