Target: Chief Constable Peter LePine, West Vancouver Police Department
Goal: Terminate employment of officer who ran a group of longboarders off the road in a fit of anger
A police officer in West Vancouver recently endangered several citizens by running them off the road with his vehicle. He proceeded to make inflammatory comments to the citizens after they confronted him about the dangerous nature of his actions. The officer then ticketed the citizens without bothering to apologize or examine the injuries he had caused.
A group of longboarders were racing down a West Vancouver hill when a police officer drove his vehicle into the oncoming lane, forcing them to wipe out in order to keep from colliding with the vehicle. Some of the group members sustained large abrasions where their skin came in contact with the road, and others who could not stop in time were forced into oncoming traffic.
The officer then exited his vehicle and, in a fit of anger, attempted to justify his actions by yelling that he was “sick and tired of dealing with longboaders and skateboarders.” Instead of apologizing for the dangerous situation he had created, he ticketed the group and sent them away.
Though longboarding is illegal in West Vancouver, there were several safer alternatives to apprehend the citizens. Instead of turning around and signaling for the group to safely come to a stop, he chose to run them off the road and put them at risk of injury. Afterward, the officer defended his behavior, showing no concern for the danger he had caused. Your signature will demand that the officer, who endangered the same citizens he has sworn to protect, be fired for his blatant disregard to the well-being of citizens.
Dear Chief Constable Peter LePine, West Vancouver Police Department,
Recently, an officer of the Vancouver Police ran a group of longboarders off the road by driving his vehicle into the oncoming lane, forcing them to wipe out in order to avoid a collision. The officer then exited his car in a fit of anger and proceeded to defend and attempt to justify his actions, which caused injury to some of the longboarders.
There are several manners in which the officer could have apprehended the group without endangering them, and several more constructive manners in which he could have handled the situation afterwards. This officer, who has sworn to protect the citizens of Vancouver, knowingly endangered them and showed no remorse for his clearly anger-fueled actions. I demand that this officer’s employment be terminated, as his actions have shown that he is unfit for the position of authority he currently holds.
[Your Name Here]
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