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Petition to Councilman Zeke Cohen, SE District Command, Mayor Cathering Pugh, Baltimore City Council, Marilyn Mosby

Safety and Security NOW for 1st District Baltimore

We the voting constituency of the 1st District of Baltimore hereby demand immediate, effective and lasting action to protect our loved ones and neighbors and stem the rampant violent assault and savage murder of law-biding citizens in our neighborhoods. We are sick and tired of being prey. We are sick and tired of wondering which one of our friends will be next tomorrow. We are sick and tired of our leaders caring more about violent offenders as "victims of a broken system" than they do about the lives of innocent people being killed on our streets. We are sick and tired of the false response in increased police presence that lasts a day or two after the most recent murder before returning to a status quo and gross absence of police presence. We are sick and tired of the State's Attorney's gross negligence in continuously releasing repeat violent offenders on technicalities or politically fabricated mitigating circumstances, and failing to prosecute violent crime effectively to any measurable result. We are sick and tired of the apathy and hopelessness of our police in the face of a city council that doesn't support them, and provides no resources, policy or directive to do what is necessary to protect us. We are sick and tired of being in danger by merely going about our daily lives at any hour of the day. We hereby declare State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Councilman Zeke Cohen and Mayor Catherine Pugh accountable to us and directly complicit in every single violent attack and murder on innocent citizens in our district by means of their neglect of duty and failure to respond effectively. To this, we demand that Councilman Zeke Cohen and the Baltimore Police SE District command unconditionally agree to the immediate formation of WEEKLY community safety meetings in every major neighborhood within the 1st District. We demand tangible strategy and sustained deployment to purge this violent assault on our very lives, liberty and happiness.  And should you fail us further, we pledge to tirelessly pursue your removal from office and further to take action of our own to do whatever required to protect ourselves.

365 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Chuck Grassley, or, Orrin Hatch, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Jeff Flake, Thom Tillis, Lindsey Graham, Michael Lee, Mike Crapo, John Kennedy, Dianne Feinstein, Sheldon Whitehouse, Al Franken, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Christopher Coons, Mazie Hirono, Bob Goodlatte, Kirsten Gillibrand, Adam Schiff, Michael Bishop, Ron DeSantis, Jim Sensenbrenner, Martha Roby, Ann Wagner, Susan Brooks, Mike Johnson, Heidi Heitkamp, Mike Thompson, Steve Scalise, Barbara Boxer, K, Kyrsten Sinema, Raul Grijalva, John McCain, Jerry McNerney, Ami Bera, Doris Matsui, Susan Davis, Maxine Waters, Grace Napolitano, Michael Bennet, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bill Nelson, Frederica Wilson, Alcee Hastings, Kathy Castor, Tammy Duckworth, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy, Harry Reid, Martin Heinrich, Charles Schumer, Brian Higgins, Charles Rangel, Mike Fitzpatrick, Bernie Sanders, Tim Kaine, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, FOX Broadcasting Company, Hillary Clinton, CBS, Nancy Pelosi, CNN, Department of Justice, Michelle Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, NBC, Trey Gowdy, Barack Obama

Help Pass the Violent Offender Tracker and Identifier Act

The “Nikol De Riso Violent Offender Tracker and Identifier Act”, or “Nikol's Law”, is an initiative for change governing violent offender registration, identification and notification in the United State including domestic violence, child abuse, and tracking orders of protection. The initiative comes after Nikol De Riso was a victim of horrific, violent domestic violence. During the criminal prosecution phase of the trial, it was discovered Nikol’s attacker had a lengthy violent history towards women. His history was not disclosed on a background check because a lot of his violence occurred while he was in the military. The violence left Nikol permanently disabled with Traumatic Brain Injury, hearing impairment, seizure disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, cognitive impairment, neck and back injury and more. Her attacker received one day in jail, 25-hours community service, and court fines that he never has to pay. He was sent to Veterans Treatment Court where he was given special privilege. He was eventually unsuccessfully discharged from Veterans Treatment Court and took a plea deal for a felony for one of the multiple attacks; the rest were dropped by the Court. However, if background check is ran online, most of the background checks online do not show his conviction.As well, most employment and housing background background checks do not show his convictions. With the Act, the felony would be sent to the FBI to a nationwide public database for anyone to search. Future employers. Future mates. Future landlords. This Act could prevent another female from becoming a victim. Nikol is not alone. There are millions of Nikols in the United States. Even nine-minutes another Nikol is created. Modeled after the existing “Pam Lyncher Sexual Offender Tracking and Identifier Act”, Nikol De Riso used the words and model to make this Act. Thus, “Nikol’s law” refers to both registration and community notification of violent offenders. The law classifies and tracks levels of violent offenders according to certain listed offenses. You can read the full Act at . As well, it holds the sales of weapons by weapon owners accountable. It would require the weapons owner to do a check in the database and attest they have done a check and that the buyer is not in the database. If the person is in the database previous to the sale of the weapon, the Act lays out the punishment. If there is an injury, the seller shall be held as an accessory to the crime with a minimum mandatory sentence. The violent offender registry would include those who abuse animals.  WHY THIS BILL SHOULD BE PASSED? REALITY! According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 76.3% of violent offenders reoffend in the first year after their first arrest. Violent crimes account for majority of the crimes in the prison population. Of the mass shootings that have occurred in the last five-years, one-third have had domestic violence in their past. 55.5-percent of work place violence offenders have a violent offense in the background. Every nine-minutes a woman is abused. 45—percent of women who are raped, the offender is someone they know. One in five teen females report being a victim of dating violence. Every year, 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence. Every day, five children die as a result of child abuse. Four from abuse and one from neglect. 90-percent of the children abused are abused in their home and 68-percent are abused by a family member. Statistics show in 2012, 82.2-percent of child abusers were between 18-44 and of them 36.6% were between 25-34. 2.9 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the United States. Children who were abused are more at risk for committing an act of violence than a child who was not abused.  Domestic Violence is the single greatest injury to women. In a survey completed of 517 domestic violence cases, less than 2-percent received jail time. The average domestic violence offender never receives any incarceration time. A woman is 75-percent more likely to be murdered in the first two-weeks after leaving an abusive partner. 19-% of domestic violence cases involve a gun. The presence of a gun increases the risk of homicide by 500-percent. 35.7-percent of gun sales are sold through private sales. One in five weapons are sold are gun shows. Some weapons sold at guns shows are sold by FFL deals with instant background checks and some with private sales. Every 10 seconds an animal is abused.  Every 8 minutes a child is abused.  Over 2 million cases of work place violence occur every year Only 6 out of every 1000 those convicted of abusing a child, whether it be physically or sexually, actually see prison. In 2015, 90% of all violent crimes resulted in injury A violent crime occurs every 25.3 seconds College women are 5 times more likely to be raped than robbed 90% of online background checks are inaccurate Statistics show a person who will abuse an animal will have a higher chance of commiting an act of violence against a human DO YOU WANT ANY OF THESE PEOPLE DATING YOUR DAUGHTER? YOUR SISTER? YOUR MOTHER? YOUR BEST FRIEND? WOULD YOU WANT THIS PERSON WORKING NEXT TO YOU AT WORK? DO YOU WANT ANY OF THESE PEOPLE WATCHING YOUR CHILD? TEACHING YOUR CHILD AT SUNDAY SCHOOL? ATTENDING YOUR CHILD'S SCOUT CAMPING WEEKEND? The initiative is in hope to create a safe, more secure United States and lessen the amount of violent crimes including domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence, and work place violence. The initiative includes a subsection that addresses the sale of firearms to individuals on the registry. The initiative further hopes to lessen the gun related intimate crimes. The contents of the registry shall be public records and the public shall have the right to access them. The general public must know the name of the individual and/or area they are searching. Like the sex offender registry, a person could search the database for the offenders name. This would allow the person to make their own decision to date, employ, rent to, or other wise the person they searched. CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES I do foresee people will argue this is unconstitutional. I argue the constitutionality of it based upon precedent ruled from the United States Supreme Court. The registry is a unified method of safety designed to protect and serve as a method of public safety. This is not considered a punishment. Yet it is considered ex post facto. (Smith v. Doe, 538 U.S. 84 (2003)). Based on the rate of recidivism of violent offenders (e.g. 76.3% reoffend in the first year after first arrest), Justice Kennedy stated in Smith v. Doe that “...offenders [are[ frightening and high.” (McKune v. Lile, 536 U.S. 24, 34 (2002)) In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed public disclosure of sex offender information was not unconstitutional (Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe (2002)) based on it does not violate procedural due process. The registry does not deprive the offender of “life, liberty or property”. Because the registry is modeled exactly as sex offender identification and tracker registration, the same principles are applicable. HOW ELSE YOU CAN HELP Before you pass this Act up, please go read the full act and come back and sign this Act. Get involved. share it. Tweet it with hash tag #NikolsLaw. Like us on Facebook. Call or write your Congress Person with this link and the link to our Act (find your Representative here).     

nikol de riso
97 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Claire McCaskill, Police Chief Jon Belmar, Police Chief Thomas Jackson, Mayor Francis Slay, Police Chief Samuel Dotson

Require Ferguson and St. Louis County and City police officers to wear body cameras

My name is Courtney Curtis. I’m a native of Ferguson, Missouri. I’ve spent my whole life in this community. Now, I am fortunate enough to represent our community in the State Legislature. But I’m still a young black man who has encountered problems with the police. Five years ago, while waiting for a college friend of mine in his gated community in Kansas City, I was handcuffed, had my car searched against my will and was almost arrested. My crime? Sitting on the back of my car, working on my business plan, while waiting for a friend. I filed a complaint. No action was ever taken. Fast-forward five years. I was pulled over for supposedly having a broken tail light. After the police officer runs my ID, he comes back and says the tail light is back on. Must have been a short, he says. Three days later, an unarmed Mike Brown was killed in the street. One incident brushed under the rug, another goes horribly wrong. The killing of Michael Brown made me sick. But what keeps me up at night is that it will happen again unless we do something. We can’t bring Michael Brown back – but we can make sure his death is not in vain. It is up to us to do something. That's why I'm asking for the St. Louis County Police Department, the St. Louis City Police Department and the Ferguson Police Department to require police officers to wear cameras. We're simultaneously going to file legislation requiring police officers all across Missouri to wear cameras. Sign this petition to support our cause and help get these bills passed. Attaching cameras to the police officers' uniforms would come with many benefits. The cameras would cost a few hundreds dollars each and would: - Provide greater transparency and a constant third party witness.- Enhance police and citizen motivation to act lawfully and truthfully.- Lessen the chance of deadly force being used by police.- Increase citizen's trust of his/her police force thanks to recorded actions. Police departments are using or testing on-body cameras and they're reportedly reducing police misconduct. When the Rialto Police Department in California adopted cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent and the use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent. There are still so many things unknown about Michael Brown’s death it’s astonishing. And still more change is needed for a true eradication of the types of problems that led to Michael’s death. But one thing we can control and do right now is to create accountability – for both police and citizens – with a digital record of what happens when a police officer interacts with a citizen. Vest cameras won’t solve all of our problems – but they will be a good start – and will create an accurate record of what happens. The trust between my community, others and law enforcement is broken. Until all police departments have cameras in place, the trust will continue to be broken. Let's join together and ask for that trust to be restored with this first step. Councilwoman Erby and I are asking for your signature on this petition so that we can continue to push for Ferguson, St. Louis County and St. Louis City police to adopt cameras, then start the process of enacting body camera legislation in Missouri. 

Courtney Curtis
137,974 supporters