Petition to Federal Bureau of Investigation, President of the United States, Department of Justice, United States Supreme Court, Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Georgia Governor
Justice For Jessica Boynton
On April 15, 2016, in the town of Griffin, Georgia. Police found Jessica Boynton in the closet of her home with a gunshot wound to the head, and a police issued firearm in her hand. The county sheriff ruled her dead at the scene. There is one major problem though. Jessica was neither dead nor shot in the head. That's right. Police find and verify Jessica is alive at the scene, and she is rushed to the ER. That is when it's found that there was no exit wound, no bullet, and NO ENTRANCE WOUND. That's right. Jessica wasn't shot in the head, but rather stricken in the head with what appears to be blunt force. Also, there were no signs of gunshot residue on Jessica's hands. The police were notified of said "shooting" by Jessica's then husband Matthew Boynton. Matthew claims he received a text from Jessica stating she was going to commit suicide. Mathew, a then police officer raced home only to hear 2 consecutive gunshots. He raced out of his house fearing for his life and called in backup. The phone records were never verified, and thus the text messages were never authenticated. There is another problem now. Matthew claims this was around 1 a.m, but the neighbors will tell a story of hearing gunshots at 11 p.m. The next problem is that during interview with investigators, Matthew tells detectives he did not change his clothes or wash his hands. This was potentially a lie. Earlier that night, Matthew is seen on surveillance at a Walmart, and is clearly shown to be wearing an outfit different than what he had on later that night. Aside from the outfit, Matthew was never tested for gunshot residue. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has closed the case ruling it a suicide, despite the fact that people don't usually commit suicide by firing at their head twice, missing both shots, and then resort to smashing themselves on the head. Jessica is alive today, but due to the traumatic head injury, she is not capable of recalling the events leading up to the injury. She is adamant though that she would never commit suicide. Later on in another case involving Matthew and Jessica, Mathew stole Jessica's property and lied about it. He was charged with 2 felonies, and ended up losing his job as a police officer over it. The importance here is that, if Matthew lied under oath about this, what else has he lied about? The work in this case is sloppy, and appears as if Mathew was let off the line too easily due to his work as a police officer, and the fact the the county sheriff so happened to be his granddad. That's right, Matthew's granddad was the sheriff... The same sheriff who lied by pronouncing Jessica dead at the scene. The evidence in this case is so messy that there is clearly foul play involved, and had Mathew been an average Joe, there is no doubt he'd be a prime suspect. I am asking all of you to help me get justice for Jessica by signing this petition. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has failed to do its job. The FBI needs to take on this case, and settle it once and for all the right way. If Mathew is indeed the attacker, it's only a matter of time until he hurts someone else. The full story and all of it's detail can be found in the following source. https://crimewatchdaily.com/2017/04/27/behind-the-closet-door-crime-watch-daily-investigates-the-jessica-boynton-case/
Petition to Mayor Victoria Woodards, Mayor Don Anderson, Jay Inslee, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Denny Heck, Jaime Herrera Beutler
My Family Kidnapped my girlfriend, help me save her.
June 2016 my girlfriend Amanda Christine O'brien-Martinez went missing out of no where so I did a missing person report with the Tacoma Police Department. In February 2017 I went to stay with my father Anthony Crawford and I found her panties, lighter, and sunglasses in my fathers drawer next to his bed. I confronted him and ended up stabbing him and when the police showed up I told them that my father had something to do with my girlfriend being missing but nothing was done. While I was in prison my cousins friends told me that my father Anthony Crawford, my step brother James Archie, my cousin Miguel Swain, and miguels friends Dolores Morales, Gabe Morales and David (nicknamed mooney) were the ones who kidnapped her and they took her to my cousins trailer where they been raping her and sex trafficking her. I had a detective come to the prison and I did a police report with the Tacoma Sheriff's Department. I got released April 29th 2018 and contacted the police to find out if they got her out of the trailer and they told me they lost the police report. I tried to report it again but they told me there was nothing that they could do. The people who told me the information told me that if a police investigation came up they would help but for some reason the police don't want to get a investigation started. I need to get a petition started to have the Mayor of Tacoma and Lakewood and who ever else look into this because I need to save Amanda from my family. I need to get Justice for her and I won't stop until I do. Please Help me take these rapists off the streets. If you want to know more about this story check out..... My Youtube channel(the video Family Secrets is the beginning of the story and the other videos are whats happening now): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEaC6hGLLtixyhpmcdXEmpg Justice for Amanda O'brien-Martinez website: https://www.justiceforamandaobrien-martinez.com/ The Twitter: https://twitter.com/Justice4AmandaM
Petition to Santa Monica Police Department, Chief Seabrooks
Terminate Officer Koby Arnold from the Santa Monica Police Department.
Officer Koby Arnold wrongfully arrested me December 23, 2011 causing me to spend the night in jail, have my blood drawn, falsify a police report, tow my car, and made my dogs go to the pound, all because I had exercised our constitutional rights. After the blood results proved I was sober when pulled over, I filed a lawsuit against Officer Koby Arnold and the department. I was shocked to find out that this was not the first time Officer Koby Arnold's name was mentioned in a lawsuit. Just in 2008, according the complaint, "Officer Koby Arnold attacked him from behind.. Immediately thereafter, Burke alleged that he was tased by Officer Michael Rogozik, and then again by Arnold, at which point Burke fell to the ground." In 2012 the victim, Mr. Paul Burke was awarded $99,000. Officer Koby Arnold was not terminated from the department and kept his job as a motorcycle patrol officer. Three years after he had wrongfully arrested me, the city decided to also settle with me for $70,000 for the actions of Officer Koby Arnold. Thankfully, I had recorded the stop with my cell phone and had proof of what was said during the stop which you can view here, https://youtu.be/3dBvFpfiaF8 I had originally filed the lawsuit not for money, but because I had felt Officer Koby Arnold was a danger to civilians on the road and he must be held accountable for his actions. Unfortunately, instead of Koby Arnold being terminated you can watch him here riding horses on the beach https://youtu.be/rO07JsUQOzQ?t=25s Please sign this petition to help clean up Santa Monica's Police Department.
Petition to Department of Justice, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Josh Hawley, Jeff sessions, Claire McCaskill, Eric Greitens
Investigate Wayne County Mo Jail #JusticeForLoyd
On the morning of Saturday, April 21, 2018, the family of Loyd Brown Jr. received the news that no parents would ever want to hear. The Wayne County Jail informed them that their son had passed away in the care of the jail that Dean Finch the sheriff of the county oversees. Loyd Brown Jr. was a happy father. Loyd was recently married and was a strong Family man. Loyd was a loving caring man who had no signs of being suicidal. Loyd death should have been prevented by the jail staff. Things just don’t seem to be right. The jail is overcrowded with 12 - 14 people in a cell built for 8 people. Each cell is equipped with a camera that is monitored by the jailer at there desk. With all that in mind, how was Loyd Brown Jr able to hang himself and hang long enough for him to die? There are many unanswered questions.Something needs to be done about this jail. The overcrowding, mistreatment, neglect, and the irresponsible jail staff has caused this tragedy. The family is asking for an investigation from the Department Of Justice be conducted on the jail, the sheriff department and Loyd’s Death.The Sheriff of Wayne County MO is responsible for everything that happens inside his jail. The ongoing overcrowding and mistreatment of the inmates by irresponsible jail staff needs to come to an end. Dean Finch has done nothing to prevent this death. He has either turned a blind eye to his jail or just don't care about the people he is in charge of. His negligence of the jail shows that he is unfit to be the sheriff. Dean Finch needs to own up to the problems inside his jail and fix them. If he is unable to fix the problems of his jail he needs to resign and the jail needs to be shut down. We encourage our readers to contact the sheriff department at (573) 224-3219 and demand him to fix the problems with his jail or resign.
Petition to Mike DeWine
Voices for Mackenzie Basham
My daughter Mackenzie Basham pled guilty to 9 counts of burglary in August 2014. She was advised by her attorney to take a deal unethically. She was 19, with a prior of 2 seat belt violations at time of arrest. Allen County Sheriff Samuel A. Crish made a statement publicly of others involved in these crimes in May 2014. No other persons were brought in on any charges associated with this case.Allen County Prosecutor, Juergen A. Waldick, also knew of others involved in these crimes.The head Crime scene investigator on her case was police sergeant Fredrick DePalma. DePalma, 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2015 for 35 counts of theft in office and 24 counts of tampering with evidence. He committed the police misconduct on cases in 2014. DePalma signed every single piece of evidence in Mackenzie's discovery packet against her in 2014. Mackenzie admitted to having stolen property in her apartment and car and being paid to take it to pawn shops. The sentencing judge said aloud that drugs and the "wrong" crowd had put Mackenzie in this situation. In a courtroom full of Mackenzie's family and friends, not one official of Allen County said a word as she pled guilty out of pure fear to every single one of these crimes alone. That would mean 9 burglaries in 3 days, done by one 19 year old girl. She was given a 14 year sentence. Mackenzie had a 2 year old baby at the time of sentencing, he is now 7 years old. Please help me be a voice to get Mackenzie a shorter sentence so she can be reunited with her son before 2028. In 2028 her son will be 17 years old, and my daughter will be 34 years old. She has served enough time for her involvement in these crimes and has learned a very difficult lesson. She is now drug free and ready to have a second chance on life. She is a loving mother and a beautiful caring person. She is ready to function in society in a positive way now at 24 years old. Please help me be her voice on the outside by signing this petition. My goal is to get Mackenzie a commutation of her sentence. This would make her sentence shorter and give an encouraging light at the end of the tunnel for our family who loves her so much. Positive letters of support for Mackenzie can be sent to: Ohio Parole Board Mackenzie Basham #090219 770 West Broad St, Columbus Ohio 43222.
Petition to United States Department of Justice, Maryland Governor, Jim Rosapepe, C. Anthony Muse, Delores G. Kelley, Lisa Gladden
Justice For Frederick R. Miller & Laila A. Miller
Killed August 16,2014 In PG County, MD
The Family Of Frederick Roy Miller & Laila Ann Miller requests that the United States Department Of Justice Launch a full investigation into the deaths of Frederick and Laila. On August 16, 2014 Frederick Roy Miller age 38 and daughter Laila Anne Miller age 3 took their last ride together. They were gunned down by 5 officers from Prince George's County PG officers names are Alba De Jesus, Clarence Black, Brett Fairbrother, Paul Schweisnburg, Christopher Gelhausen and State Trooper Willard Shelton. To date we have repeatedly requested all police reports, 911 and local police calls and any and all video's; The PGC Law government office respond was on Oct.1, 2014 Stated your request is being held as equitably as possible. Signed by Jamar B. Herry, EsqAssociate county attorney, after that nothing. They want us to believe the media reports but nothing adds up, it is a complete cover up on their part We Want the officers involved to be held accountable, we want Justice For More Information/Updates Please Visit https://justice4fredandlaila.weebly.com/
Petition to Andover Residents at Andover Memorial Library, Paul J. Salafia, Andrew Flanagan, Massachusetts residents #BostonStrong, Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Governor, James Lyons, Russell Holmes, John Keenan, Sheldon Berman, Patrick Keefe, M. Colford, Philip Conrad, Director , Cory A. Booker
63y Black Woman Attacked by Andover Mass. Chief of Police Patrick Keefe. Sign for Resign!
November 3, 2018, a little over a year (13 months in fact) after Lt. Chad Cooper and Andover Chief of Police Patrick Keefe nearly broke my back for demanding that I be treated like every other Andover Massachusetts resident and not be smeared, scapegoated, and stereotyped, when I declared a sit-in protest in their so-called public safety building, after they tried to make a monkey out of me for trying to alert them to a so-called "See Something - Say Something" event. This update is to people of all faith, color, race, age, gender, religion, disability, ideology, ethnicity, social economic classification, and national origin. It also matter little where you are in the country, and even if you live overseas. All you need is a desire to make the world a better place, return power to the people, which power has been usurped from them (By the way, did you know that police is not accountable to anyone? I am not referring to the few model police departments - of course. They are too few and far between, plus as a linguist and a former Language Arts teacher, and a professor of Graduate School First and Second Language Acquisition, I can tell you with reasonable certainty that the exceptions do not make the rule. I CAN ALSO TELL YOU FOR A FACT THAT I DO NOT NEED TO RAISE MUCH MONEY. I NEED ABOUT $1,000 TO DEPOSE THE TWO DEFENDANTS AND I ESTIMATE ANOTHER $2,000 TO HIRE AN EXPERT WITNESS - MEDICAL. I WOULD LIKE TO HIRE A POLICE MISCONDUCT EXPERT AND AN INCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION EXPERT (AN ADDITIONAL $4,000) ALL OF WHICH WOULD AMOUNT TO ABOUT $7,000, SINCE I AM DOING ALL OF THE MOTION WORK AND COURT APPEARANCE AND ALSO COVERING ALL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES OUT OF MY LIVING MONEY. Injustice to one is injustice to all! MLK. I am fighting for what was done to me, for my 3 children, for all of those who are being victimized, oppressed, repressed, suppressed, murdered, for all of you who live under the system of injustice and discrimination, and more importantly for those who will come after me. We have the right to live in a "free society," and hold the status quo to the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. YOU CAN MAKE AN ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTION. IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE CONTRIBUTING ONLINE - EMAIL ME AT: CREATELINKUSA.COM IF YOU PREFER TO MAIL A CHECK. BANK CHECKS ARE FINE SINCE I LIKE ACCOUNTABILITY - BELIEVE IN FULL DISCLOSURE AND ABSOLUTELY DETEST CORRUPTION AND CON-ARTISTRY OF ANY SORT ON THE PART OF INDIVIDUALS - POLITICIANS - BUSINESSES - GOVERNMENT OR ANY INSTITUTIONS. My lawsuit against the 2 Andover policemen (Lt. Chad Cooper and Police Chief Patrick Keefe) who injured me on October 5, 2017 for protesting their venal and racist policing, is in discover (This means that I am in the mist of intensely investigating the case to discover evidence that will be admissible in court. I WOULD NEVER ASK ANYONE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR ANYTHING. IN FACT I NEVER ASKED FOR HELP FROM ANYONE. HOWEVER AFTER TEACHING AT ALL LEVELS OF EDUCATION AND WORKING FOR 2 DEPARTMENTS ON 2 CONTINENTS - STUDYING ON 3 CONTINENTS INCLUDING EUROPE - I AM NOW A RETIRED TEACHER WHO RAISED 3 EXCEPTION CHILDREN ALL THREE OF WHOM HAVE GRADUATED WITH HONOR, ON THE DEAN LIST AND SUMMA CUM LAUDE (A TEACHER'S SALARY IS JUST ENOUGH TO MAKE IT THROUGH EACH MONTH). ALL THEY OF MY CHILDREN ARE DOING WELL. BUT THE DETERIORATION OF ECONOMIC LIFE IN THE US COMBINED WITH STUDENT LOAN (EACH EACH OF COLLEGE COSTS APPROXIMATELY $40,000 WHICH RENDERS SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS IRRELEVANT). I have thousands of dollars in hospital bills, and - a year and a hospital admission later - I am just beginning to be able to sit, lay down, and walk without developing acute pain. What that means is that I need to depose the two defendants in person, send out subpoenas to discover evidence, make copies of hundred of pages of documents, file motions in court, hire expert witnesses in preparation for trial - if the case were to go to trial. All of this also means that I already past the stage of sending out written questions and requests for documents. However, this also means that they can lie in their answers and deflect, which they have done, even though they have to answer them under oath. They have also obfuscated in turning over pertinent documents. After all, rather than using their town attorney, they have hired high-priced and over-paid attorneys from a large firm in Boston. However, I am still holding my own, toe to toe. The thing is that one mistake in prosecuting a lawsuit can prove fatal to the case if it is material. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT I PREVAIL IN THIS CASE FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO CANNOT STAND UP, FIGHT THE POLICE STATE AND PRISON INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM AND SPEAK ON THEIR OWN BEHALVES. Money is not all that one needs to prevail in litigation. I also need everyone to sign the petition to force the town to review the misconduct and civil rights violations, and take necessary measures to make sure this type of thing never happens again by implementing reform. I weight 98 pounds and I am in my 60's, with a pre-existing spinal condition. The Defendants, by their own admissions are in their 50's and 40's with male muscular built, law enforcement training, and weight an approximate combined 520 pounds. I am 5'4, while they both are 5'8 and 6 feet tall respectively. Sign the petition and contribute. if you wish to contribute, please go to: https://www.createlinkusa com/Emergency-Giving-Fund.html Read what happened here: https://www.linkedin com/pulse/andover- massachusetts-chief-police- patrick-keefe-must-marie- yolette/ Like my articles on Linkedin. Leave a comment, and follow me on Facebook or on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ jesuieserenity?lang=en Start me of! Share this petition widely! Thank you. " Lawsuits are made to test the Law; Change Laws; and for people to not take the law into their own hands;" If you prevail, you might get money damages, but more essentially, you will succeed in changing behavior and even make crucial changes and improve life in society for everyone else. Also, visit me here: https://www.life-self mastery.com/ I am on Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress, and all social media platforms. I am also a Google Blogger. ReplyForward 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Petition to Kellie Stickney, Cherie Harris, Kathy Cummins
Kirkland PD & Chief Harris Must Apologize to Mr. Ragland & Commit to Racial Bias Training
ProblemOn Wednesday November 7th, City of Kirkland Police responded to a call to Menchie's (a frozen yogurt shop) in the Totem Lake area of Kirkland, WA after store employees complained of a "suspicious" man sitting in the yogurt shop. The man in the shop was Byron Ragland, an African-American U.S. Air Force veteran who was simply doing his job—a job he is legally required to do. Mr. Ragland is a court-appointed special advocate and visitation supervisor and he was supervising a mother and her son at Menchie's. The Police officers may have been obligated to show up for the call, but upon realizing that Mr. Ragland was in no way a threat or "suspicious", they should have gone out of their way to make sure Byron felt welcome and they should have acknowledged the mistake by the store employees. According to Mr. Ragland, he was asked by the officers to “move along”. There is no place for racial bias in a police department. The City of Kirkland Police Department and Chief Cherie Harris must act now. *Note: The department has committed to an investigation, but they must be held accountable to acknowledging their mishandling of this situation and to doing everything they can to ensure this never happens again. This event was initially covered by Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times and can be read here. SolutionAs residents of the City of Kirkland and beyond, we demand that the City of Kirkland Police and Police Chief Cherie Harris acknowledge that the situation with Byron Ragland was handled inappropriately by the City of Kirkland Police officers and that they issue a formal apology to Mr. Ragland. We also demand that the Department commit to enforcing mandatory racial bias training for their officers and to and extend policies that mandate that racial bias is not tolerated. In 2017, the City of Kirkland unanimously voted for--and passed--an ordinance proclaiming Kirkland a "Safe, Inclusive, and Welcoming City for Everyone". The ordinance also mandates that Kirkland's City services "provide everyone in Kirkland – residents, workers and visitors alike – with the full range of City services, including police and fire services, without discrimination regardless of race, ethnicity or immigration status." We acknowledge that the City of Kirkland PD has committed to an investigation into this matter, however, an apology and additional training for officers must happen. Personal storyAs a father of three mixed-race daughters, and the husband of an African-American woman, I refuse to sit by and watch racism and bigotry in our Country, State, and in our City of Kirkland. It's not fair to our friends, families, and neighbors of color for them to have to continue to deal with racism and bigotry. We need to learn from mistakes like this and as a society we need to take steps to make it better. Those of us fortunate to not have to feel the effects of racism cannot begin to understand the sheer pain and hurt it makes its victims live with daily.