Petition to Mayor Jacob Frey
George Floyd Act: Petition for Law Reform
On May 25th, Minneapolis Police Department responded to a report of a non-violent and unarmed crime with a merciless murder. Captured on video and gone viral, Derek Chauvin forced his knee on George Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes as Floyd pleads for his life and gasps for air, killing him. Although this murder resulted in Chauvin and his affiliated officers being fired from MPD, this does not serve justice or provide protection from ongoing police brutality and hate crimes against people of color. The George Floyd Act is a proposition for law reform confronting police education, training, procedures, evaluations, and human rights. It is a proposition to protect all people and our community against prejudice, racism, and police brutality. 1.) Education and training for law enforcement will be revised to be de-militarized and will include education of police brutality, abuse of power, and how to prohibit this in practice using methods like tactical disengagement and area containment depending on the circumstances; education will include reference to a Force Continuum or Matrix. 2.) Non-lethal take-down procedures used to restrain someone will be revised, revisited, and fully disclosed in law enforcement as well as discussed with citizens. 3.) All police officers will participate in routine mental health evaluations, and subject to re-evaluation of their standing in law enforcement at any time. 4.) Dashboard cameras will be installed in police cars, and on-person cameras will be utilized by each officer for documentation. Citizens will have a right to the video evidence of their arrest. 5.) Citizens will have a right to a speedy trial and attorney when abuse of power is conducted and documented. This includes by-standing officers and witnesses. 6.) Human rights of citizens under arrest will be provided to them in writing by law enforcement as a standard procedure. 7.) Police offers will be required to use advisements, warnings, and verbal persuasions before resorting to force - and exhausting all other options before resorting to lethal force - and this force will be required to de-escalate as soon as resistance decreases. 8.) Chokeholds and strangleholds will be prohibited for police officers, and shooting from a moving vehicle or at people in moving vehicles will be prohibited unless the vehicle passengers pose a lethal threat (by means other than the vehicle itself). 9.) Officers will be required to intervene when other officers are using an unreasonable amount of force. 10.) Officers will be required to report every instance in which force was used, including displaying a weapon to gain compliance, discharging a weapon, or using physical force. 11.) Military weapons that were given to police departments from the federal government will be recalled. 12.) Police Union Contracts will be revised to better hold officers accountable; revisions will include having no deadline to submit a misconduct complaint against another officer, requiring officers to be interrogated immediately after being involved in an incident, requiring officers to pay the legal fees and/or the cost of settlements and not giving officers paid leave while under investigation, requiring information on an officer's past misconduct to be recorded/retained in their personnel file, and giving officers the same disciplinary consequences a civilian would receive for misconduct. 13.) Data on officers' use of force, complaints, and lawsuits will be incorporated into predictive technology to identify which officers are most likely to engage in misconduct so that the local police department can intervene. 14.) Ten more local non-profit community-based crime prevention organizations will be added to each major city. 15.) Instead of police officers, mental health experts will respond to 911 calls involving someone with a mental illness. 16.) More federal investigations of police departments will take place. 17.) All other evidence-based policies in Campaign Zero's Model Use of Force Policy will be implemented: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56996151cbced68b170389f4/t/5defffb38594a9745b936b64/1576009651688/Campaign+Zero+Model+Use+of+Force+Policy.pdf Source: https://imgur.com/gallery/nmGqArA
Petition to Donald J. Trump
We demand a federal action that holds all officer-involved killings accountable.
We Are Not All Protected Equally, and Equality Cannot Be Compromised The goal for this petition is to provide a base of support for a policy initiative that makes regulating police brutality in the form of officer-involved deaths a priority during this election as well future elections. Criminal or Innocent, White or Black, Liberal or Conservative, the life of a person should not be taken lightly. We demand transparency and the swift justice on matters of officer-involved deaths. We Aren't Telling the Full Story of Police Brutality Our media and community leaders are often characterizing police brutality as a Black issue. But this is a crime that all races in America are victims to every year. As a result, many people are suffering, but only some of us feel the responsibility to act.I have questions for all of you to consider: What if our media and community leaders made police brutality an issue of police accountability and transparency rather than race? What if the deaths of all races as a result of police killings were reported the same way as Black people? Would we still want to debate the politics behind the protests, or would we want to talk about ways to hold officers more accountable to their actions? Police Will Not Police Themselves Without Accountability Laws The police will not police themselves, it is a conflict of interest that prioritizes political reputation and public perceptions over truth. The Current Laws Do Not Hold Police Accountable According to the "Police Misconduct Provision" , this law makes it unlawful for states or local law enforcement officers to engage in "a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States." (34 U.S.C. § 12601). The types of conduct covered by this law can include, among other things, excessive force, discriminatory harassment, false arrests, coercive sexual conduct, and unlawful stops, searches or arrests (34 U.S.C. § 12601). As it clearly states, in order to be covered by this law, the misconduct must constitute a "pattern or practice" -- it may not simply be an isolated incident. The FBI had to waste time proving a "pattern" existed, when one death with a video evidence and eye witness accounts is all it takes for any citizen to be arrested on the spot. By requiring federal action that requires an immediate FBI investigation on all cases of police-involved deaths, agencies and law enforcement will be forced to develop procedures that ensure rapid responses that result in greater performance overall. There will be no need to compel an action at every occurrence, or a need to prove a "pattern of misconduct." The lives of people should not be taken lightly. The Longer We Wait to Act the More People Suffer Days of inaction while a viral video of yet another Black body is spread across the world translates into days of escalating tension between protesters and local law enforcement. As a result, the current way our justice system addresses police brutality creates a hostile environment, whereby outraged citizens are being forced to engage in protests their local law enforcement. This exacerbates an already tenuous relationships at a time when tension is at its highest. How many cities must burn before we decide to address the core of the problem: A lack of federal oversight ensuring police accountability? Politicians Will Not Act Without the Will of the People Here is a report from the Congressional Research Institute:Public Trust and Law Enforcement— A Discussion for Policymakershttps://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43904.pdf Summary: In short, our Congress as of 2018 has access to information and potential strategies for police reform, the main problem is that it requires the support of the people, as the project will be expensive both politically and financially. We essentially need to modernize the police using body cameras and better reporting and prosecuting standards. No politician will touch this policy unless they know that this is what the people are demanding. It is easier and cheaper for a candidate to run a campaign by race-baiting the issue rather than working with cops and local governments to implement solutions. We must compel policy change by requiring equal police protection for all citizens. We are not all equally protected. Equality is non-negotiable. Proposal- A Law Which Requires Immediate Federal Investigation and Granting Greater Prosecuting Authority on Officer-Involved Deaths. We demand a proposed law or mandate that requires all officer-involved deaths to be IMMEDIATELY reported to and investigated by the FBI. We advise the following policy conditions based on the Congressional Research report: Public Trust and Law Enforcement, A Discussion for Policymakers: 1. Placing conditions on federal funding to encourage law enforcement agencies to adopt policies that promote better community relations. 2. Expanding efforts to collect comprehensive data on the use of force by lawenforcement officers. 3. Providing grants to law enforcement agencies so they could purchase body-worn cameras for their officers. 4. Taking steps to facilitate investigations and prosecutions of excessive force byamending 18 U.S.C. Section 242 to reduce the "burden of proof" standard in federalprosecutions, or place conditions on federal funds to promote the use of specialprosecutors at the state level. 5. Funding Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring grants so lawenforcement agencies could hire more officers to engage in community policingactivities. 6. Updating the Arrest Related Deaths Report (ARD) to include questions pertaining to accountability standards based on the Congressional Research Report. Choose Police Accountability as Your Priority this Election We cannot allow the police to hold themselves accountable due to a conflict of interest noted by both scholarship and activists. And we cannot continue to expect Black people and concerned citizens to continue trying to police the police. This petition is to demand a policy change, and to hold any policymakers claiming to support Black lives accountable by requiring that they make progress towards this goal. If officer-involved deaths were properly reported and prosecuted, we would not have to see a city burns due to frustration and outrage over our justice system. This November, we can ensure that this issue will not be ignored by either party's candidate by declaring that law enforcement in every state must provide equal protection or risk federal oversight. Please contact your local senators and house representatives. Inform them of this research. Let them know that they need to get to work in fixing our broken communities. I ask that you please reach out to me, as I would love to share insights regarding this issue and our political environment. Respectfully submitted, Astin B. Cole
Petition to Dow Constantine, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders
Law Enforcement Personnel Should Have Mandatory Liability Insurance
There have been so many articles in the news about law enforcement misconduct in the past few years. Whenever an officer is sued the taxpayers pay and the officer is allowed to return to police work. Some of those officers go on to have legal issues again in their careers as police. The public outcry for police reform is growing. The issue of Police Reform is very complex. We do not want to jeopardize our officers' well being or penalize the good officers, but the American Police Departments desperately need reform. Americans are constantly asking what can be done about this crisis in our society. I believe that the easiest solution to both problems is to have mandatory liability insurance for Law enforcement personnel who interact with the public. The insurance companies will decide whether an officer is a risk. This will weed out the bad actors and assist cities with large settlement bills. Law enforcement officers should be able to write the cost of their liability insurance off on their taxes as a business or employment expense. This would likely create more jobs in the insurance fields, too. Police should be guardians not warriors. Please sign my petition and help make society safer and better for all of us!
Petition to Tim Walz, Donald J. Trump, Minneapolispolice
MANDATE THE POLICE FORCE ACADEMIES TO TAKE ”Racial Bias Training/testing“ (ibt’s)
Innate biased tests are timed exams made by Ivy League schools that you take that get your Impulsive response to other ethnic groups or races. These tests would clean the justice departments out by identifying which cop has subconscious biases towards other races. This is our first step for an equal justice system, this is the progress George Floyd would want. #blacklivesmatter #TIMforIBT
Petition to Santa Cruz City Council
Paint the Base of The U.C. Santa Cruz Campus with the Words: "Black Lives Matter"
Dear Santa Cruz City Council, Due to the recent noose that was found by me, hanging at least 10 feet off the ground, on July 5th at 6:15 pm at the base of the U.C. Santa Cruz campus, this petition calls on you to take action. I call on you, the Santa Cruz City Council, to approve the painting of the words: “Black Lives Matter” at the intersection from where this noose was hung: where Empire Grade meets Bay Street and where High Street meets Glenn Coolidge Drive. These three very important words will cover the entirety of the intersection, in bright and thick yellow paint. The answer to the reason why this painting is necessary can be easily stated. The community that you serve is outraged that 4 individuals had the nerve to throw a noose hanging from one of the street signs of this intersection on the night of July 2nd. This is absolutely an atrocious action. Historically, the history of white supremacy in this country has, from it’s very beginning, sought out to silence and traumatize the voice of people of color, through means of police brutality, hangings, Jim Crow, the prison industrial complex and more. Most traumatically, blacks are the only group who can say that they have suffered, or even continued to suffer, through all of the before mentioned trauma’s. Therefore, to support this cause is to support black lives, and to remind Santa Cruz and the world as a whole, that white supremacy has NO place in our communities. Thank you for your legal approval on this most necessary action.
Petition to Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Betty McCollum, Joe Biden
Create a US Truth and Reconciliation Commission
America, please listen to me, we need to define the relationship. “We can’t agree on anything anymore. As a country, we just can’t agree. We just fight about everything. We can’t even agree on Black Lives Matter. That’s a controversial statement. Black Lives Matter. Not matters more than you, just matters.” – noted social commentator Michael Che In an environment where a substantial number of our neighbors, fellow residents, and even national leaders and representatives will not and cannot bring themselves to even utter the words #blacklivesmatter, will not even engage in discussion to show the lowest level of empathy, and will not acknowledge that our Black brothers, sisters, and non-binary friends and neighbors have inherent worth, we need to have a talk. I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in the Republic of South Africa after the fall of Apartheid. When South Africa was developing their new post-Apartheid Constitution, our South African friends looked to us in the United States for inspiration, let us look to them now. In 1996, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the government of South Africa to help the nation heal from the abuses that occurred under apartheid. No section of South African society escaped the effects of these abuses. South Africans knew that there needed to be a national level dialogue and response to the pervasive racism that afflicted the country. It’s a conversation that South Africa had and continues to have, and that we, here in the US, have not. What was done to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who have been subjected to brutality is a symptom of systemic institutional racism that we as Americans have failed to address. Let their deaths not have been in vain. We can challenge and change the status quo, we already are. The time to act decisively is now. We are at a historical nexus, what we do or fail to do will have ramifications for the generations after us. We the undersigned demand a formal national level inquiry on how to heal our nation from the continuing scourge of systemic institutional racism and support the creation of a United States Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It’s a national dialogue that is long overdue. #USTRC #blacklivesmatter
Petition to Amy Klobuchar, Tim Walz
Residents of George Floyd Residential area needs emergency care act funds +Health equality
Please help us we need 1000 signatures to petition GOV Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Health and Safety of the residents of the George Floyd area have been forgotten and overlooked in the wake of the pandemic and protest for justice. We need your help. With the help of the local businesses and volunteers we have successfully opened a mobile covid testing site and cases on on the rise. Health equality is needed quickly, covid testing should be paid for by the government weather you have a social security number or an address or Not. This is not a racial issue the is a right and wrong issue. This is not right! People of color are 4 times as likely to die of COVID-19 than whites not because of the virus but because of the lack of health care that is given once diagnosed. Since the death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, the residential area surrounding 38th and Chicago has been classified by the Mayor Frey as emergency health crisis area. Hennepin County has excluded our residents from utilizing emergency care act funds because of the dealth of George Floyd. This excludes the RESIDENTS from crucial emergency city services. We need emergency volunteers and first responders to help us check on the elderly and disabled we lack the resources to take care of the vulnerability of children and young aldults. With good intentions for safety reasons, cement blocks have been placed by the city of Minneapolis around our subdivision and have cause safety and health issues and have divided the community and caused essential health services from getting to the residents. COVID-19 cases continue to rise and the residents are also facing housing discrimination practices on a daily basis. City services such as emergency ambulance and city and state crime investigators have been delayed or non-existent. This has devastated the RESIDENTS of the REAL George Floyd area. Injuries, illnesses and fatalities have emerged. In the wake of the pandemic, the residents need emergency assistance and funding to manage the health and safety of this autonomous zone. There are dozens of organizations that claim to represent the George Floyd Memorial Community that are collecting donations and meeting daily with the city council members, but they often make decisions that hurt the residents without realizing it. The problem we’re facing is the actual residents who are being affected do not receive the donations The city council has approved a budget for $100,000 to be allocated in 2021 to another city organization or artists and healers in the surrounding area but that does not help our immediate health and safety disparities within the boundaries. The city council is allowing these organizations to receive money that claim to represent the George Floyd RESIDENTS without actually helping the RESIDENTS within the autonomous zone directly. Please sign this petition to help the RESIDENTS OF GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL AUTONOMOUS ZONE get the emergency assistance and funding we need to rebuild our community. For the RESIDENTS, by the RESIDENTS of the George Floyd Memorial Autonomous Zone.
Petition to Margaret Abe-Koga, Max Bosel
Improve transparency and accountability in the Mountain View Police Force
Every step taken by every individual police force improves the standing of peace officers as a whole. Please take the following steps to show that we can hold ourselves to the same level of accountability that we demand of the police officers and departments all across the country: 1. Place prominently on the MVPD website the use of force rules governing action by MVPD officers, including choke holds and requirements for de-escalation2. In the use of force rules, state clearly which situations *will* result in disciplinary action 3. Place prominently in the MVPD website a method for members of the Mountain View community to notify MVPD of situations where an officer might have used excessive force 4. Provide public statistics to confirm that MVPD is not engaging in racial profiling 5. Support creation of a citizens oversight board that will review claims of excessive force by police officers 6. Publicly affirm that should a police officer be accused of misconduct and the case prosecuted by the DA, MVPD will not retaliate against the DA in conduct of that or any other prosecutions7. Publicly renounce the use of military style gear for crowd control and intimidation and reduce the use of weapons in everyday police work8. Work to ensure that police contracts do not require expunging from police records of reports of excessive force By taking these few steps, MVPD has the opportunity to lead the nation out of this logjam of mistrust and confrontation. By clarifying and publishing what you probably already believe, you can demonstrate that you hold your department accountable and that you trust the community you work with. In our community, this is all rather symbolic. But it is from such symbols that our nation can start the work of truly healing. Thank you.