Target: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Goal: Reform police policies to better respect basic rights and prevent police brutality
The protests in Ferguson, Missouri are continuing with no end in sight. Citizens have rallied together to protest and hold vigils when an unarmed black teenage youth was shot down a white police officer. The incident has ignited racial tensions and made many citizens angry. The police have retaliated with excessive force, including the use of rubber bullets and tear gas. Now that a U.S. attorney general has arrived at Missouri, urgent and immediate reforms must be made to ensure that police better respect basic rights and stop future incidents of police brutality.
While the protests and vigils in Ferguson have been largely peaceful, police have responded violently against the citizens. Not only have rubber bullets and tear gas been used, but armored vehicles have been deployed, and witnesses have seen police officers brandishing their assault rifles at civilians. Journalists who have every right to cover the event have also been detained by police officers. The police’s actions have brought into question accountability laws and how they are ignoring basic human rights. Further investigations have found that filing for complaints of police misconduct are often confusing and difficult to navigate, and analyzing traffic reports have found that police extensively use racial profiling.
U.S. Attorney General Holder can hold improve the system by pushing for reforms that require federal organizations to collect data regarding use of excessive force by police officers on all government levels, demand an end to racial profiling, and update laws concerning racial profiling. It is quite obvious to many American citizens that the Ferguson police are ignoring basic human rights, including the right to freedom of speech and assembly. Urge the Attorney General to stop incidents like this from happening in the future by passing these reforms.
Dear Attorney General Holder,
Recently, you’ve made a visit to Missouri to assess the damage of both protesters and police alike. The violence and chaos erupting from this event has captured the attention of the country and many are angered by the actions of the police. Accountability laws are being questioned, and many believe that the police are ignoring basic rights.
I urge you to pass reforms that will make police accountable for their actions and ensure that future incidents of police brutality do not happen again. The police cannot ever ignore basic human rights. By detaining journalists and using excessive force when an officer’s life is not in danger is in direct violation of human rights. I implore you to make immediate reforms so our citizens can feel safe around police officers.
[Your Name Here]
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