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racial profiling

18 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Todd Spitzer (Orange County Supervisor 3rd District), California Governor, Tony Rackauckas, Loretta Sanchez, Loretta Lynch, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, DIane Feinstein, Alex Padilla

Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.

On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition if you feel that the disclosure of the identity of a possible “person of interest” is something that the prosecution should not be allowed to withhold.

C. J. Ford
161,146 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Bobby Rush, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, John Lewis

HR 112214: Tamir Rice National Anti-Racial Profiling Law

Okay since the Obama Administration is sadly over, new officials will be called on to get this going. Once again this is my effort to pass an anti-racial profiling law that could make a huge difference in the way policing is done and bridge the gap between what law enforcement officers say they are on paper, and what they actually do while on duty. American Police and Law Enforcement Officers have two primary jobs; Public Safety and Fighting Crime. A rush of events over the past 8 years show strong and obvious evidence of too many officers instantly legislating their own personal or group fear and/or bias. This anti-racial profiling law is named after the young boy hastily shot and killed by an officer in Cleveland OH before he completely exited his car (a video shows the shot occurred two seconds after the squad car arrived). The youth-Tamir Rice-only possessed a toy gun. The House Resolution number references the day he was shot; 11/22/14. This law will go deeper than just mere profiling, it covers prohibition of depraved indifference behaviors in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, beating or choking. Profiling in this instance doesn’t just cover pulling over a motorist based solely on his race or skin color, but confronting citizens in their homes, in any building, establishment, school, place of work or on the streets or sidewalks etc., based upon an individual's actual or apparent racial or ethnic status without reasonable INDIVIDUALIZED suspicion or cause to lawfully justify such conduct. To make it clear what is meant by law enforcement, as with other general proposals of this type, this means an agency established by the state or local government which employs police officers or peace officers who are empowered to and in the course of their official duties lawfully stop motors vehicles or stop and frisk individuals.   “Law enforcement officer” means a police officer, sheriff or sheriff deputy, state trooper, highway patrol officer, I.C.E. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) i.e. peace officer employed by a law enforcement agency. -Every law enforcement agency and every law enforcement officer shall be prohibited from engaging in racial or ethnic profiling effective the date HR112214 goes into law. After HR112214 every law enforcement agency shall promulgate and adopt a written policy based on five (5) points which prohibits racial or ethnic profiling. Each of these law enforcement agencies shall promulgate and adopt procedure for the review and taking of corrective action with respect of the complaints by individuals who allege they have been  the subject of racial or ethnic profiling. This corrective action includes the penalty of one point against an officer or officers each if it is proven they have engaged in racial or ethnic profiling activity, and two points if the profiling led to an officer or officers having initiated or participated in verbal abuse (racial or ethnic slurs, false accusations), three (3) points if their profiling leads to physical abuse, automatic dismissal and mandatory prosecution if it leads to death. Any of a combination of these points amount to a total of 5 will lead to automatic immediate dismissal. Proven complaints and/or video recorded footage can weigh heavily in the decision making even in states where law enforcement have legislation or are attempting to outlaw citizens recording these public servants.   No police union, judge, district attorney, state attorney or prosecutor will have the power to reverse these penalties. This bill is a national federal measure. Points accumulated by said officer(s) in question will be recorded on a national database and will follow him in any city or state he may consider moving to in hopes of being hired by an out-of-town agency. HR 112214 makes it illegal for all members of law enforcement to do any of the following. -It is illegal for any law enforcement officer to shoot a child or adult simply out of a bloated or exaggerated fear that if he or she doesn’t shoot they will get shot themselves (If candidates for the job of law enforcement officer really undergo a psychological examination before they are issued a uniform, badge and weapon, one wonders how they were even hired while harboring such weak and fearful characteristics).   -It is illegal for any officer of the law to legislate his own fear, or paranoia, or hate, by shooting anyone based on a false assumption the the “suspect” is a threat. Especially given that most Caucasian suspects do not garner similar treatment by law enforcement officers regardless of whether they pose an actual threat or not.  -It is illegal to shoot an armed suspect or citizen or a citizen licensed to carry a weapon if they have not indicated their intent to use it on you, or if they verbally state they have a pistol permit etc. just as a matter of fact, solely for the purpose of making sure they don't shoot you. -It is illegal for any law enforcement officer to initiate, perform or continue a chokehold or strangle anyone. -It is against the law for any member of American law enforcement to obstruct or interfere or stop any ambulance or EMT or firefighter while they have a victim to tend to (amazingly enough these incidents have happened). Just because the person they are trying to get to is considered a “suspect” by them makes no difference especially since there has been no trial where the person has been found guilty of any crime. Any officer violating this faces immediate dismissal.   When an officer strongly feels compelled to pull a vehicle over there are several things that must be adhered to before and during the time he encounters an individual(s) within:   -Commencing after HR112214 and succeeding the effective date of this section, each law enforcement  agency shall, using a form record and retain the following information with respect to law enforcement officials employed by such agency: The number of persons stopped for traffic violations and the number of persons patted down, frisked and searched;  The characteristics of race, color, ethnicity, gender and age of each such person, provided the identification of such characteristics shall be based on the observation and perception of the officer responsible for reporting the stop and the information shall not be required to be provided by the person stopped; If a vehicle was stopped, the number of individuals in the stopped motor vehicle. Whether immigration status was questioned, immigration documents requested, and if any further inquiry was made to the Immigration and Naturalization Service with respect to any person stopped or in the motor vehicle; The nature of the alleged traffic violation that resulted in the stop or the basis for the conduct that resulted in the individual being stopped and frisked and searched; Whether a search was conducted and, if so, the result of the search; If a search was conducted, whether the search was of a person or the person’s property, and whether the search was conducted pursuant to alleged criminal behavior that justified the search; Whether a warning or citation was issued; Whether an arrest was made and for what charge; The approximate duration of the stop; and The time and location of the stop. -If a person/motorist is being pulled over by police but is in fear for his life, should be given the option to put their blinkers on and travel to the nearest well lit and populated area before pulling over. -Each law enforcement officer will submit to quarterly (every 4 months) drug testing. Testing positive for illegal narcotics will result in immediate suspension without pay for 30 days. A 2nd violation will result in immediate dismissal. -Under HR 112214 law enforcement officers will NOT be allowed to investigate themselves. Independent prosecutors should oversee indictment process -Psychological evaluations after each shooting and beating incident will be mandatory and immediate. -It will be mandatory for them to carry insurance and bonds. If officers were required to carry insurance and bonds in order to work, they would be careful not to keep having their insurance sued after these shootings for fear of losing it.  -After HR112214 it will be illegal for any officers to get promotions based on the number of arrests as opposed to the quality and credibility of the arrest. Blanket orders like "just get some arrests," or "just get them in the system," or "make sure you just arrest blacks" or any other target group. Any Supervisor or Lieutenant, Sargent or Captain etc., proven to be giving such orders will face mandatory demotion the first time, and automatic termination from the precinct the next time. This will be part of what will be known as Cariol's Law- The following part has to do with inter-departmental disputes: No officer of the law should have to endure ostracization as a revenge measure for stopping a fellow officer(s) from beating, shooting, or violating the rights of a citizen or suspect as this amounts to bullying. No officer of the law should have to endure ostracization as a revenge measure for whistleblowing any wrongdoing or ongoing corruption by a fellow officer(s) as this amounts to bullying. Violation of this amounts to the full five (5) points because giving an officer a 2nd chance will only mean they will find someone else to carry on the targeting. These penalties affect not only the individual officer(s), departments would lose matching federal funds so many of them receive if poorly-trained officers continue this behavior. Transparency: Withholding the identity of an officer or officers of the law after a questionable shooting, beating, choking or abusive incident will be illegal after 112214 goes into law. Violating precincts of departments will lose matching federal funds. Withholding complaints about an officer violating rights of civilians or even fellow officers will fall under the same penalty as the department that withheld the identities of officers after said officer was involved in an abusive incident, even if the complaint was founded or unfounded to be true. Law Enforcement Officers are Public Servants whether he or she chooses to view themselves as such or not. Because the work they perform is directly off of tax dollars provided by taxpayers, then there should be no withholding of the identity of poorly-performing or abusive officers. the Dave Brown Model. There are platoons of poorly-trained officers in various cities and towns where they may not have been questionable deadly incidents, but are incidents waiting to happen. Training based on this program can save lives ahead of time: Reality-based training and increased training hours. Community engaged officers. Officers using less force, don’t approach a suspect immediately, don’t have multiple officers shoot a suspect at once as if they are shooting Godzilla or King Kong (a white cop staple). Mandatory Body microphones and dashcams. Firing problematic officers. Stop making Investigative stops More on mics and cams; HR 112214 also includes a nationwide policy of body cameras as part of the uniform, as necessary, as any other piece of equipment. If an officer can wear a nightstick, flashlight, taser, and weapon, he/she can keep an attached (and turned on) lightweight body cam.   There are Positive reward points amounting to five also: Law enforcement agencies would make it easier on themselves by recruiting officers who either live in the communities they serve or those who are willing to participate in 'community policing' as a way to secure five positive points that go toward benefits like pay raises, promotions, other incentives. Inexperienced or new officers who were raised outside the city they patrol in and have little or no knowledge of other cultures or people outside their own culture, will be forced to engage in 200 hours of positive events or experiences before being thrown in from "bright academy to dark alley." This also cuts down on too much harmful time a rookie is forced to listen to the wrong kind of veteran cops like Lt. Us vs Them, or Captain Coverup, or Sgt. Swears by Talk-Radio. Officers who accumulate and consistently maintain a grade of 5 points show themselves to be an asset to the community they serve in and make it easier for themselves to earn promotions without corruption, raises without arrest incentives put their department in line to get funding.

DTL
421 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Allen Rogers, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, North Carolina State House, Pat McCrory, Patrick McHenry, Joe Queen, Robert Pittenger

FREE JOEY F -PLEASE HELP BRING HIM HOME -HELP STOP ILLEGAL, CORRUPT & EXTREME SENTENCES

The Petition to FREE JOEY F is all about putting a STOP to Judicial Corruption of Illegal, Corrupt, & Extreme Sentences! ***** PROCEED & READ WITH EXTREME CAUTION ***** BECAUSE THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU JUST THE SAME AS IT DID TO JOEY -HE NEVER THOUGHT ANYTHING LIKE THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN TO HIM EITHER!!!   JOEY IS CURRENTLY INCARCERATED ON A PLEA ARRANGEMENT THAT IS IN VIOLATION OF SEVERAL NORTH CAROLINA STATUTES -THE PLEA ARRANGEMENT CANNOT POSSIBLY BE FULFILLED LEGALLY. THE COURTS DISREGARDED THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT AND SENTENCES HIM IN ACCORDANCE TO THE LAW AND NOT AS TO THE PLEA AGREEMENT TERMS!!!! Joey is an amazing man, a devoted father, a loving husband, a loyal friend, and has made great strides to improve and make positive changes in his life. Although he has made mistakes in his past, that he does not shy away from, he actually uses them to encourage younger people to avoid those same mistakes and uses his experiences as a guide to steer them in a positive direction. Joey was arrested in February 2013 for a DWI and Speeding charge. This case lay dormant for over 17 months until September 2014 when another DWI charge caused the District Attorney to become overly eager to bring this old case back up and indict it into the Superior Court as a Habitual Impaired Driving Charge, which would NOT have been possible with the 2014 DWI charge due to the statute stating there must be 3 DWI convictions within the last 10 years. In 2014, he would only have had 2 convictions of DWI within the 10 year period, so the DA seen it was imperative for the 2013 DWI charge to be indicted in order to charge him with the Felony Habitual charge. Over 3-1/2 years later Joey is finally offered a Plea Bargain that he accepted under the advise of his attorney. The Plea was entered into court,accepted by the Judge, signed off on, and Joey was sent to the NC DOC to start his sentence that he was under the impression was the sentence he agreed to on his Plea Agreement. WELL THAT WAS NOT THE CASE!! After being in the custody of the NC DOC for less than 2 months, Joey receives a detainer from Cumberland County Sheriff stating that he has DWI charges that he needs to be held in custody for at his current DOC location. Now this detainer is for charges that he is serving time for already, and believe it or not, 2 days later.... HE GETS A 2ND DETAINER SERVED ON HIM FOR THE EXACT SAME CHARGES.  So after calling Combined Records, we found out that the Plea Agreement he was offered was an illegal agreement and could not legally be fulfilled by the State of NC DOC, so without advising Joey or his attorney, the Plea Agreement was broken and the sentence was entered the legal way which ended up with him ultimately spending a longer amount of time in prison than what he was originally told when offered the plea. Now that we have been looking into his case in detail ourselves and not taking the word of the DA and his attorney, we have found several issues that Joey was mislead about, lied to about, given false information about, the proper procedures were not followed on many of the things that were done on his case. Because of incompetent counsel, and lies being told to the court, an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest due to a  failure to appear, when the failure to appear was due to his attorney not communicating his court date to him. So this caused the bonding company to send bondsmen looking for him and when they found him, he was attacked with a vehicle, assaulted, pistol whipped, handcuffed, publicly humiliated, his legs were tied with straps, he was forced into a vehicle and almost kidnapped... along with his wife. All due to corruption of the Judicial System and its officials not doing their job! So we need to put an end to the corruption! Link to the New Cast: http://wvah.com/news/local/police-say-north-carolina-bondsmen-arrested-after-apprehension-attempt-with-no-proof Links to Story:  http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Three-men-charged-after-working-as-bail-bondsman-in-West-Virginia-373605391.html http://www.tristateupdate.com/story/31567209/3-north-carolina-bails-bondsmen-arrested-in-charleston Joey is setting in jail on an illegal sentence, and all everyone keeps telling him is just wait, be patient, we are working on it, this is a mess but we will get it cleaned up, but NOONE HAS GIVEN US ANY ANSWERS!!! WHEN IS ENOUGH REALLY ENOUGH? ENOUGH IS NOW! Sign this to help put a STOP TO JUDICIAL CORRUPTION!! JOEY HAS SERVED ALMOST A YEAR FOR A DWI THAT DID NOT HURT ANYONE OR ANYTHING... ITS TIME FOR CHANGE! Send a letter of support to Joey at FREEJOEYF@GMAIL.COM THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHARE OUR STORY AND SUPPORTING OUR CAUSE!

Joseph Gibbons
46 supporters