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Police Misconduct

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Petition to Tom McNamara, Ian Linnabary

Rockford, IL Police Chief Daniel G. O’Shea Must Be Fired

Police Chief Daniel G. O'Shea of Rockford, IL made a public statement in a press conference stating that at risk youth in the 16 to 17 year old age range are a lost cause and undeserving of the life and path changing relationships that build trust with law enforcement and ultimately encourage non violent behavior. He specifically states, "juvies, the 16 and 17 year old's that are running around shooting each other, we're not wasting our time trying to save them. They're lost." He went on to say, in the now viral video, "17 year olds that go around committing murders and shooting at people, I, sorry, off to prison you go. I got nothing for ya." Rockford PD is widely known in the community for racial profiling, using excessive force and harsh policing of primarily black and brown areas of Rockford, IL. There is no sect of any population that should be treated this way and then counted as a lost cause by the Chief of Police who took an oath to protect and serve the ENTIRE community. A primary role of the Police Chief is to manage police departments, which includes hiring, assessing, training, disciplining and firing of officers. A police chief who disregards an entire sect of the youth of our city as a lost cause should NOT be in the position to implement these views and practices on the officers who are in direct contact with this community. Police Chief Daniel G. O'Shea administers the adherence to and should abide by the ROCKFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT GENERAL ORDER - NUMBER: 1.18 - TITLE: BIASED FREE POLICING In this order the policy and purpose are listed as follows: POLICY: It is the policy of the Rockford Police Department to respect the civil rights of all persons and to prohibit and prevent any form of discrimination by employees of this Department when any action taken on behalf of or by any employee of this Department is motivated by race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, national origin, religion, economic status, cultural group, sexual orientation or any other identifiable group. Specifically, employees of the Rockford Police Department will not engage in any activities that are discriminatory or indicative of a practice of biased based/racial profiling. It is biased policing if an officer’s decisions/actions are based on the fact that the individual’s demographics (e.g. race, income) are different from the demographics of the majority of the residents in the area in which the individual is found. PURPOSE: The purpose of this Order is to ensure that a person’s race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, national origin, religion, economic status, cultural group, sexual orientation or any other identifiable grouping, shall not be the sole basis for any stop, detention, search, arrest or other disparate treatment by any employee of the Rockford Police Department. In this document a discriminatory practice is defined as follows: Discriminatory Practice: To take action based on partiality or prejudice; to take actions on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit or to show preference or prejudice. Dan O'Shea's statements reflect the exact bias and discriminatory practices that are prohibited within the Rockford police department.  For this cause, We, the people, demand Police Chief Daniel G. O'Shea's dismissal. We, the people, demand the individual who assumes Daniel O'Shea's position possess a personal and public philosophy of building rapport with the community, especially the youth of all creeds and colors including the black and brown youth of Rockford, IL. We, the people, demand the Rockford Police Department and all governing bodies of the city of Rockford publicly present their plans to repair the relationship, build rapport and build trust between the police and the people, especially the black and brown youth of Rockford, IL. If we do not receive our demands, we will demand the resignation of the Police Chief's superior, Mayor Tom McNamara. These are the kinds of preventative measures we must take and our local government must take to prevent further abuse at the hands of police and ultimately another black or brown, man, woman, trans, gender neutral, non-conforming, adult or child Hashtag.      FORMAL COMPLAINT: Dear Mr. Linnabary: I. The Fire and Police Commission of the city of Rockford, Il has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to IL LAW 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-17 CHAPTER 24, PAR. 10-2.1-17, which provides the Fire and Police Commission with jurisdiction over the removal, discharge or investigation into charges against the appointed Chief of Police as the appointing authority. II.  In a press conference on May 18, 2020 regarding the rise in crime amidst the Covid-19 shut down and stay-at-home orders, Chief Daniel G. O’Shea was asked by members of the local press if there was “anything in works” in reference to education and prevention programs to address the issue of violent crime. Chief O’Shea’s response was as follows: "juvies, the 16- and 17-year old's that are running around shooting each other, we're not wasting our time trying to save them. They're lost." He went on to say, "17-year olds that go around committing murders and shooting at people, I, sorry, off to prison you go. I got nothing for ya."  Police Chief Daniel G. O’Shea violated The Rockford Police Department’s Policy Against Biased Policing with the aforementioned statements. The policy and purpose of the Policy Against Biased Policing are listed as follows: POLICY: It is the policy of the Rockford Police Department to respect the civil rights of all persons and to prohibit and prevent any form of discrimination by employees of this Department when any action taken on behalf of or by any employee of this Department is motivated by race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, national origin, religion, economic status, cultural group, sexual orientation or any other identifiable group.  Specifically, employees of the Rockford Police Department will not engage in any activities that are discriminatory or indicative of a practice of biased based/racial profiling. It is biased policing if an officer’s decisions/actions are based on the fact that the individual’s demographics (e.g. race, income) are different from the demographics of the majority of the residents in the area in which the individual is found. PURPOSE: The purpose of this Order is to ensure that a person’s race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, national origin, religion, economic status, cultural group, sexual orientation or any other identifiable grouping, shall not be the sole basis for any stop, detention, search, arrest or other disparate treatment by any employee of the Rockford Police Department. In this document a discriminatory practice is defined as follows: Discriminatory Practice: To take action based on partiality or prejudice; to take actions on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit or to show preference or prejudice.  When Chief O’Shea offered to give clarity to the public on the statements made on May 18th, he stated that his statements were misconstrued, but at the exact same time he stated he would not have reworded it, he will not apologize and he meant what he said. He has refused to acknowledge the bias and the harm his bias has caused.  III.  We, the people, are filing a formal complaint with you, the appointing authority, based on the above claim of the violation of the Chief’s own Policy Against Biased Policing for the following reasons: We, the people, believe there is no group of citizens in the City of Rockford that should be viewed and communicated as disposable.  Chief O’Shea has expressed an inherent bias that has completely changed the landscape of how all individuals in the City of Rockford view and can view this particular group of citizens. His words, as the once trusted leader of policing in this city, impact the views of this particular group among his colleagues, his subordinates, his supporters, the victims of the statement and the organizations and individuals that are tirelessly working with this particular group of citizens to give them alternative outlooks on life and outlets of expression.  As the captain of the culture of policing in this city, officers can hear these statements, and decide for themselves that particular citizens are a waste of time, thus preventing them from operating from an unbiased place as required by the above policy.  Citizens who agree with Chief O’Shea and his statements are more likely to report suspected criminal activity with that same bias.  As children, much of self-worth comes from a place of outside influence, which is the work many organizations, community leaders and individuals are actively pursuing to build the self-worth of those that otherwise would be cast away as a waste of time.  These statements are a direct threat to that work. These statements are dangerous to the perception of youth who could be profiled as violent without due process.  The programs implemented under the administration to build trust with the youth of this community have been unraveled with a few words; “they are a waste of time.” Elected Mayor, Tom McNamara stated during a press conference on June 4, 2020 “I don’t agree with Chief O’Shea’s comments. Every single person who calls Rockford home is valuable. Every single person who calls Rockford home is worth fighting for.”  Local Democratic Caucus members and City of Rockford Aldermen have expressed that Chief O’Shea must be held accountable for his words. If there is any sector of the population Chief O’Shea is responsible for and accountable to, that he considers or has considered within his tenure as Chief of Police as a ‘waste of time,’ he is no longer qualified to facilitate the culture of policing of the people of Rockford. All officers must be held accountable for their actions and their words. The Chief of Police cannot escape the same level of accountability.  IV.  The enumerated policy violations support the demand of  We the people that the Fire and Police Commission conduct a probable cause hearing into Chief Daniel O’Shea’s violation of the Policy Against Biased Policing resulting in a decision to dismiss Chief Dan O’Shea from the position of Police Chief of the City of Rockford, Illinois on the grounds of his inability to acknowledge and correct the bias in his May 18, 2020 statements.   Sincerely,   We the People

Aija Penix
16,159 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, United Nations, U.S. Senate, Democratic National Committee, Nancy Pelosi

Hands Up Act

My name is Travis Washington. I received my 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 !!  

Travis Washington
2,676,188 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Marysville MI City Council

Fire Marysville Police Officer Danielle Quain

Earlier this month (June 2020), a racist meme was shared by Marysville Police Officer Danielle Quain on her personal Facebook page. The post in question callously mocks protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement, and by extension, the suffering of Black people at the hands of police brutality. Not long after the post was discovered, a disappointed citizen filed a complaint with Marysville PD. The department failed to take this complaint seriously, and instead gave the name of this person to Officer Quain, who then used this information to seek out the person on Facebook and send them a friend request. The response by Marysville PD is a violation of the filer's privacy, and the attempt by Officer Quain to retaliate is both inappropriate and unprofessional. This conduct creates an atmosphere where concerned citizens are afraid to speak out against injustices they witness, and is a prime example of the systemic racism the current civil rights movement is working towards amending.  In light of Marysville city council passing a resolution on June 22nd declaring racism a public health crisis, we are calling on city officials and Marysville PD to hold themselves and their employees accountable. Racist sentiments should not be tolerated in any level of local government, and the failure to address the actions of Officer Quain shows that the city is comfortable allowing its employees to spread these opinions openly and without consequence. Setting the tone of acceptable conduct in our police departments, local and otherwise, is of utmost importance if we are to address the systemic racism that is so deeply embedded in our society.  Marysville Police Department: We urge you to do and be better for the citizens of your community. We ask that in order to truly serve and protect, that you do not allow toxic and racist attitudes to exist freely in your ranks. Set the right example and remove Officer Danielle Quain from her job!

Avery Bolt
916 supporters