Target: California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow
Goal: Demand that officials press charges against a police officer who brutalized a non-violent woman found walking along the highway
A woman was walking along the freeway in early July when a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer accosted her. According to CHP officials, the officer was responding to information that a woman was wandering Interstate 10 near Los Angeles, endangering both herself and many other people driving on the highway. However a bystander with a camera caught nearly the entire incident, which shows the officer brutally and repeatedly punching the elderly woman.
Associated Press reports that David Diaz, who caught the incident on film, described how the officer “…just pounded her. If you look at the video, there are 15 hits. To the head, and not just simple jabs… He agitated the situation more than helped it.”
According to the Center for Research on Globalization, about 500 innocent Americans are murdered by uniformed officers each year. In fact, more Americans have been killed by police officers in the United States in the last ten years than were killed in total in the war in Iraq.
The officer in the Los Angeles incident has been put on leave while an investigation takes place. Join others in demanding that criminal charges be filed against the officer and that the CHP take responsibility for his actions.
Dear Commissioner Farrow,
Reports of police brutality against unarmed, innocent civilians continue to plague the news. Recently a member of the California Highway Patrol accosted and repeatedly punched, up to fifteen times, a woman whose only crime was walking next to a highway. Non-violent incidents like this should never result in an unarmed civilian being brutalized.
I ask you to take action to ensure that this type of incident never happens again at the hands of a California Highway Patrol officer. Research puts estimates of innocent civilian deaths by police hands at about five hundred per year for the past decade–a sum that, when totaled, equals more than the number of American lives lost during the war in Iraq.
Please help to end this madness and restore peace for American citizens. Take measures to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, such as training to emphasize that brute violence is simply not an option when confronting unarmed, non-violent civilians. And finally, press charges against the officer who was implicated in the Los Angeles highway incident. Take a firm stance and demonstrate that his behavior cannot and will not be tolerated.
[Your Name Here]
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