Target: NYPD Chief of Department, Philip Banks III
Goal: Adequately punish the police officers who were violent towards a pregnant woman, causing potential injury to her unborn baby
NYPD police officers were recently violent towards a pregnant woman, even throwing her to the ground belly-first. The police involved in this situation must be adequately punished for acting recklessly and potentially harming this woman and her unborn baby.
Forty-four-year-old Sandra Amezquita was abused by police while her 17-year-old son was being arrested for possessing a knife. According to the victim and witnesses, Amezquita was pushed to the ground, beaten, and tased by police. Onlookers who tried to warn the police that she was pregnant were ignored and shoved aside. Amezquita’s lawyer says that the victim suffered vaginal bleeding after the incident, and the condition of the unborn baby is still unknown.
Police brutality is not uncommon; just this month, another NYPD police officer was punished after he kicked a street vendor. The NYPD needs to address the issue of violent police abuse, and assure the public that there will be no further incidents of police brutality.
Please sign the petition below to ask the NYPD to punish any officers involved in the brutality of Amezquita and to strengthen their policy on brutality to prevent issues like this in the future.
Dear Police Chief Banks,
Sandra Amezquita, a 44-year-old pregnant woman, was recently brutalized by officers from your department, possibly injuring her unborn child. The officers involved showed ignorance and a lack of empathy, and must be immediately punished for their actions.
According to reports, Amezquita was restrained, then pushed to the ground belly-first. She even claims that she was beaten with a baton and tasered. Onlookers who tried to warn the police that she was pregnant were ignored and shoved aside. This incident caused Amezquita vaginal bleeding and now there may be irreversible damage done to her unborn child.
Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of police brutality, even within your department. Police brutality is becoming a frequent event, and it is unfair that the officers who promise protection now need to be feared.
I am writing to ask that you ensure that every officer involved in this recent incident is adequately punished. I also ask that you reevaluate your policies on brutality and ensure that issues like this are avoided in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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