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racial profiling

10 petitions

Update posted 7 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
161,166 supporters
Update posted 8 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
432 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Charlie Beck, Nicole Alberca, Alex Bustamante, Matthew M. Johnson, Steve Soboroff, Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Kathleen Kim, Robert M. Saltzman, Eric Garcetti, Mike Bonin, Mike Feuer, Ted Lieu, Autumn Burke, Ben Allen

STOP LAPD RACIAL PROFILING IN OUR VENICE OAKWOOD COMMUNITY

October 23, 2015 -- LAPD/C.L.E.A.R officers are targeting African American and Latino MALES that are either walking, driving, skateboarding or sitting at Oakwood Park. The men who have been stopped for the last few nights have reported that "LAPD / C.L.E.A.R officers are stopping Latino and African American Males on bicycles, driving, skateboarding or sitting in Oakwood Park, and informing them that they are taking them to jail just because, "All of you think who think the gang injunction is gone, well we're here to tell you it's in full force, and we are here to let you know it." The officers are stopping men of color when they are by themselves handcuffing them, lifting up their clothing and checking them for whatever it is they choose when they are by themselves...? If the gang injunction is being enforced by these officers: why are the men being stopped when they are alone on their choice of transportation (bike or skateboard, driving)? Why are the men being handcuffed immediately and treated as if they are committing a crime? Many of the men are not being asked by the officers if they are on probation or parole, (the ONLY reason that the officers would have to instantly handcuff them). The men are handcuffed immediately, and then they are asked if they are on probation or parole. We are educating our young men and women to cooperate and follow the rules that are being given to them by C.L.E.A.R and LAPD. We are determined in Venice to not live through another 'unwarranted killing' by your officers, with their unlawful stops of men and women of color, who are being treated like criminals when they are not on probation or parole, just being targeted because of the color of their skin. We are keeping our officials informed concerning the actions of C.L.E.A.R. and LAPD, so let there be no misunderstanding that LAPD officers are harassing civilians as they walk, skateboard, sit in Oakwood or ride through our Community, and yes Venice is still our neighborhood that we love! We are demanding that LAPD officers respect the public and, as they patrol our streets, do not assassinate peoples' character by arresting them, without just cause, as they move and flow through the streets of Venice. We are standing up and letting our voices of concern and love for all in Venice be heard...LAPD/C.L.E.A.R does not have the right to stop people just for the COLOR OF THEIR SKIN!!!

Benefit Network
461 supporters