Police Misconduct

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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.

Judy Frisby
2,384 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

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: 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: 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: barbara.l' James Lyons: (617)722-2460 Email: U.S. Senators: Markey, Edward J. 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-2742Contact:  Warren, Elizabeth 317 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510(202) 224-4543Contact: Massachusetts Governor: Charlie Bake: 617-725-4005 Massachusetts Attorney General: Maura Healey: (617)7274765 Massachusetts Senate:   President Stanley C. Rosenberg: (617) 722-1500 Email:  Citizen Engagement Committee Chairs: Harriette Chandler: (617) 722-1544 Email:  Senator Bruce Tarr: (617) 722-1600 Email: Joint Committee on the Judiciary Senate William Brownsberger: (617) 722-1280  Email: andoverma.govSonia Chang Diaz: (617) 722-1673 Email: House Claire Cronin; (617) 722-2396 Email: James Cantwell: (617) 722-2396 Email:              #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    

MarieYolette Winfield
207 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

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.

Ben Fitzpatrick
867 supporters