Target: Chief Chuck Jordan, Tulsa Police Department
Goal: Dismiss officer who shot at a car containing two innocent teenagers
An officer is currently under investigation for discharging his firearm at two unarmed teens in a vehicle. The public schools officer attempted to question the pair of minors when he found them in a car in the school parking lot, and shot at their vehicle when they attempted to leave the scene. The officer is currently on paid vacation while detectives investigate the case.
According to a police statement, the officer approached the car while two teens were kissing. As they were not being accused of a crime or arrested, the driver invoked his right to refuse to answer questions and leave. The officer, who stated he felt threatened by the pair’s attempt to leave, shot a live round at the vehicle while the teenagers were inside.
This public school officer has never had any hands-on firearms training in a police academy, and has only been asked to complete 25 hours of online classes per year. It is unclear whether or not this course covers conflict avoidance or how to deal with individuals who invoke their rights.
Whether properly trained or not, it is clear that this officer exercised reckless behavior and disregard for the safety of these two students. Armed officers that are unable to properly assess a dangerous situation pose a serious threat to the well being of citizens. Your signature will demand that the officer be immediately fired for his lack of judgement which endangered the lives of two innocent teenagers.
Dear Chief Chuck Jordan,
A Tulsa Public Schools officer recently opened fire on two teenagers in a school parking lot. When he attempted to question the kissing couple, they invoked their right to stay silent and leave. The teenagers, who were not suspected of a crime, began to drive away and in response the officer fired a live round into the vehicle while the teens were inside it.
While the officer is currently suspended with pay pending an investigation, it is clear that the officer exercised poor judgement and disregard for the safety of the students. The officer recklessly endangered the teenagers with his hasty and irresponsible actions.
It is imperative that armed officers in a position of authority are able to properly distinguish between a threatening situation and a situation that is both legal and not dangerous. I ask that this officer be fired immediately, as he is clearly unfit for a position of such importance.
[Your Name Here]
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