Target: Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden
Goal: Bring the officers responsible for killing a homeless man to justice and demand proper internal review and reforms to prevent future violence against innocent people
Citizens are supposed to feel safe around police officers. For many individuals and families experiencing homelessness, however, this is not the case. Another victim’s life has been claimed by police forces in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This man had not shown violent tendencies yet was shot multiple times in the back, had dogs sent on him, and had a stun grenade thrown at him. By demanding that police departments admit to wrongdoing and begin internal reforms, this sort of needless and excessive violence by police can be prevented.
James Boyd committed no crime other than setting up his makeshift camp in the foothills of Albuquerque when area shelters were full. His death can be added to the numerous others caused by excessive police violence. Sixty-six people in Albuquerque have been killed or wounded by the city’s police officers since 2010, according to reports from CNN. This rate is higher than both Chicago and New York City. The U.S. Department of Justice is in agreement that this unnecessary violence is the result of improper training.
The Albuquerque police department must initiate reforms to end the frequent shooting deaths of innocent people. Many residents are standing up for their rights by protesting this excessive use of force. Stand with these people by demanding justice for James Boyd’s pointless death and calling on the Albuquerque Police Department to address its tendency towards unnecessary use of deadly force.
Dear Chief Eden,
I recently became aware of a homeless man’s death in Albuquerque at the hands of police officers. This man did not deserve to die, and should never have been attacked by police. His death is indicative of your department’s systematic use of unnecessary, deadly force against civilians. Twenty-six people have died at the hands of police since 2010, and dozens more have been seriously injured. While most officers are dedicated to protecting average citizens, others with more violent tendencies are allowed to slip through the cracks when they use excessive force. The U.S. Department of Justice has officially blamed inadequate training in the Albuquerque Police Department for the senseless shooting deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of your officers.
Your police department can become a beacon of proper conduct if serious reforms are made. I ask that you immediately dismiss the officers involved in the lethal shooting of James Boyd in order to give his family some amount of justice. His family deserves proper closure and an assurance that further incidents will not occur. I also encourage you to commit to the thorough and unbiased internal reforms necessary to end the excessive use of gun violence by Albuquerque police.
[Your Name Here]
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