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Police Brutality

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Petition to Andover Police, Andover Residents, Paul J. Salafia, Andrew Flanagan, Massachusetts residents, Elizabeth Warren, Barbara L'Italien, James Lyons, Massachusetts Governor, Edward Markey, Russell Holmes, John Keenan, Sheldon Berman, Patrick Keefe, M. Colford, Philip Conrad, Director , Cory Booker

63y Black Woman Attacked by Andover Mass. Chief of Police Patrick Keefe. Sign for Resign!

READ WHAT HAPPENED HERE When I entered the Andover public safety building on October 5, 2017, and declared that I would remain there until someone speaks with me about the concerns that I had expressed over the phone, I essentially triggered the First Amendment. Subsequently, any action by any police officer to infringe upon my Firs Amendment guarantees, was going to necessarily be unconstitutional, including any attempt to physically remove or arrest me. The bottom line is that if I were to be removed by any means other than due process of law, at that time, such action was bound to collide with the First, Fourth, Fifth, and the Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. See U.S. Supreme Court Tennessee v. Garner (1985). Police Perversion of the United States Constitution and The Bill of Rights After their racially-driven and unconstitutional arrests, fraudulent use of the civil commitment law, hoax criminal charges and harassment, all failed to deter me from demanding accountability from the Town of Andover and its Police Department and Fire and Rescue Department, a Chief Commander who also should be fired, called the Police Chief when he was off-duty, to come into the police station to handle something such “so-called” Chief Commander should have been able to manage by himself, especially, since I had written down for them two of several ways they could have legally brought my protest to an end: (1) A police officer, or anyone else, for that matter, could have come into the lobby and talk to me. I would have waited if they were busy, and that would have addressed and resolved the reason for my protest in the first place; or (2)They had the means and a dedicated video and audio set up to seek an immediate injunction within the comfort of the building, people like me contribute to pay for. Had they chosen to use that readily available mean, and they prevailed, I would have gone home to appeal any such injunction, but I would waited at home for the Appeals Court’s decision. What is really ironic, and almost Shakespearean, is that they were very likely to get injunctive relief, even on my appeal, in which case, the ruling judge would have framed the parameters for my protest, for not even a judge can tell anyone that they have to stop protesting. How Did a Chief of Police Go so Berserk? The Chief Commander and the Chief of Police did not want to do anything that would fall under the legal jurisdiction of the court. I am holding back on mentioning the names of these individuals for now, out of a sense of deference for the residents of the Town of Andover. I want to afford Andover Town residents the kind of benefits Andover Town officials have intentionally and recklessly denied me.That is a chance to finally do the right thing. I did give this Town and every official, police and otherwise, the benefit of the doubt for 7 years, until I did not. Now, I am re-instating that benefit to them temporarily, to see if they have the capacity to earn it back. They also had the option to make up some false pretense, as they are very good at doing, and had done before, to arrest me. That would have been unconstitutional, but at least, it would not have been the brutal felony assault and battery this unfit Chief of Police and his co-conspiring Commander ended up perpetuating on me. What they did was, rather than taking any of the several legal routes at their fingertips, they chose to scrape the very bottom of their dirty bag of tricks for the last, filthiest, and illegal trick: The illegal use of force, resulting in severe injury to me. The Residents of Any Town Must Be Too Proud for This! No Town deserves a Police Chief who so obviously shows himself or herself to be a possible danger to its residents. There are too many elephants laying around in our police departments, our legislatures, our courts, and in town offices. We all know where they are. Ignoring them will not make them go away. They will simply continue to undermine and compromise the structure and foundation of the rights, privileges, and immunities, the Founding Fathers built into the checks and balances system, and left behind. Those are the best things we have going for us, and the only things that makes America Great in any meaningful way. To allow this particular Police Chief to get away with such reckless act and illegal conduct, along with the violation of well-established rights, would defile the sacrifices of those who have fought to secure life, liberty, and justice for all in this country. These are ideals that we are still trying to achieve. It will take time, even more sacrifices by my many — some famous and others unsung heroes, as well as determination and staying-power to help give birth to, thus contribute to the formation of that more Perfect Union. In order to safeguard the integrity of the Town of Andover, the community at large and the nation must demand accountability from this Police Department and Town officials. Chief Patrick Keefe must be made to resign, be fired, or undergo a mental health evaluation to ensure that, under the right set of circumstances, he will not attack and injure anyone else who is freely and peacefully exercising rights that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Get Involved! Holding Police Accountable for Misconduct Requires An All-Hands on Deck Strategy Call and Demand Reform and Accountability from Andover Officials by Contacting: Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Paul J. Salafia at 978-623-8200 Town Manager Andrew Flanagan: 978-623-8210 Andover Police Department: (978) 475-0411 Andover Chief of Police Patrick Keefe at 978-475-0411 ext. 1005 Andover Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Mansfield: 978-475-1281 Town Clerk Lawrence Murphy: 978-623-8230 Tweet: @AndrewPFlanagan @AndoverMassPD #Andover @AndoverMaGov @Town_Mgr_Maylor #customerservice CONTACTS FOR MASSACHUSETTS ELECTED OFFICIALS Andover State Senators:  Barbara L’italien: (617) 722-1612 Email: barbara.l'italien@masenate.gov James Lyons: (617)722-2460 Email: James.Lyons@mahouse.gov U.S. Senators: Markey, Edward J. 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-2742Contact: www.markey.senate.gov/contact  Warren, Elizabeth 317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-4543Contact: www.warren.senate.gov/contact Massachusetts Governor: Charlie Bake: 617-725-4005 Massachusetts Attorney General: Maura Healey: (617)7274765 Massachusetts Senate:   President Stanley C. Rosenberg: (617) 722-1500 Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov  Citizen Engagement Committee Chairs: Harriette Chandler: (617) 722-1544 Email: Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov  Senator Bruce Tarr: (617) 722-1600 Email: Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov Joint Committee on the Judiciary Senate William Brownsberger: (617) 722-1280  Email: William.Brownsberger@masenate.gov andoverma.govSonia Chang Diaz: (617) 722-1673 Email: Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov House Claire Cronin; (617) 722-2396 Email: Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov James Cantwell: (617) 722-2396 Email: James.Cantwell@mahouse.gov              #civil #civilrights #uniteforcivilrights #vetstakeknee #lawyers #committee #RaceForward #RacialJustice #iwalkforjustice #abaday #outatwork #lebronjames #BlackLivesMatter #colinkeapernik #WeAllWeGot #RoadRiverRail #PatersonRaised #NAACP #nojusticenopeace #eagletribune #andoverhighschool #andover #mshs #nawebnews #billerica #tewksbury #hastags #andoverpatch #northandover #massstatepolice  Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/jesuieserenity    

MarieYolette Winfield
140 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks 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
404 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, News Corp., Thomas MacArthur, Albio Sires, Donald Payne, Nia Gill, New Jersey State House, New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey Governor, Jerry Green, FOX News, Nicholas Scutari, Bernie Sanders, Chris Christie, Loretta Sanchez, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, Bob Smith

Justice for Gaffney: With GAFFNEY'S LAW Stop LEO's from being allowed to DRINK & CARRY

On May 13th, 2016, Michael Gaffney 37, beloved, father, son, partner, and friend senselessly died at the hands of an off duty officer that had been drinking and engaged in a bar fight, that ended when the officer chose while under the influence, to shoot an unarmed man. We want a law, Gaffney's Law, to make it illegal, punishable by law, for off duty law enforcement to carry service weapons into any bar or establishment where they intend to consume alcohol. Alcohol and guns don't mix. If you cannot drive under the influence, it only makes sense you shouldn't carry under the influence. Michael Gaffney was not armed, he had no weapons. The officer involved knew Michael, they had been to parties and BBQ's together. Yes, they were both drinking, yes, a fight ensued, but never should an intoxicated officer with a gun solve drunken anger with his service weapon. Police officers are to protect and serve, not get served and shoot. Please, I urge you to consider Gaffney's Law. Make it illegal to mix guns and alcohol, so this might not leave another daughter, girlfriend, mother, and friends without someone they love. We have decided to try to get justice for Michael by helping create Gaffney's Law. Please help us with our petition to change current Attorney General guidelines to make them enforceable laws that prohibit law enforcement from engaging in alcoholic consumption while carrying. Thank you for considering, Gaffney's Law.

Ellen Sona
5,976 supporters