Target: Santa Fe Police Chief Eric Garcia
Goal: Press charges against police officers who shot and killed an innocent teenage boy
Multiple news sources report that law enforcement officers in Española, New Mexico recently gunned down a sixteen-year-old youth after they perceived him to have a weapon. The boy was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly thereafter.
Family and friends of the boy claim that he was a very serious dancer who was going to attend the New Mexico School of the Arts the following school year, reports KRQE 13 News. Some sources report that the young boy may have been carrying a stick, which was to be used during dance routines. Meanwhile, police will not release video surveillance of the scene, claiming only that the boy pointed “a weapon” at them.
News of police violence against innocent civilians has become far too common. The presence of law enforcement officials is becoming synonymous with danger, and not because they are protecting anyone from it. That a sixteen-year-old child, wielding a weapon or not, should be shot in cold blood with no apparent struggle is appalling. Accepting such violence from law enforcers is unacceptable for Americans who wish to live in peace and out from under the thumb of oppression.
Call on Santa Fe Police Chief Eric Garcia, who was the head of the public safety department of Española at the time of the shooting, to press charges against the police officers who murdered the teenaged boy. These individuals are guilty of murder, and it cannot be tolerated.
Dear Mr. Garcia,
Law enforcers carry a power over civilians, and they also carry guns. These are great responsibilities. Recently, this power and these guns were abused by members of the Española police force when they shot and murdered a sixteen-year-old boy. There is no evidence this boy was a threat, and the police are unwilling to release video footage of the event.
It is the responsibility of law enforcers to keep the peace, not to create brutal and fatal violence. Too often, news stories report that U.S. law enforcement has gotten out of control–it is nearly daily that one reads that the young, the elderly, the sick, and those who are unable to protect themselves (including animals) are maimed or killed by law enforcement strategies gone awry. This is unacceptable. These are heinous crimes.
I write today to ask you to use your power to press charges against the police officers who murdered the Española boy, and to join in the fight against abuse of power by law enforcers across the country. It is imperative that police officers receive the education and training needed to handle situations without violence.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Chase Carter via Flickr