Target: Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson
Goal: Reverse decision to reinstate the cop who shot an unarmed black youth if he isn’t indicted for the crime
The Ferguson, Missouri police department has announced that they plan to immediately reinstate Officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, if he’s not indicted by the grand jury assigned to the case. They also said that if Wilson is charged with a felony, he’ll most likely be fired.
The killing of Michael Brown has sparked months of protests and demonstrations by Ferguson residents and people around the world who are outraged by the pattern of deadly police brutality against people of color in the U.S. The Ferguson police department has responded with more brutality, bringing in heavy military equipment to intimidate mourners and protesters in the area. Darren Wilson himself has had his location protected while he takes paid leave from his job.
Allowing Wilson to have his job back in the same city where several witnesses say he shot a surrendering teen to death is both dangerous and incredibly disrespectful to the community. The fact that the department would announce this shows their blatant contempt for Brown’s family and every one of the black individuals of Ferguson who have been fighting against racist police brutality and the implementation of a police state in the city.
Sign this petition to demand that the Ferguson police department reverse its decision to reinstate Darren Wilson if he’s not indicted. At the very least, if they won’t fire him, he should be transferred elsewhere out of respect and for the safety of the community.
Dear Chief Jackson,
I understand that you recently announced your intention to hire Darren Wilson back to your police force immediately in the case that he is not indicted by the grand jury. This is in spite of the all the evidence that suggests unnecessary force was used by Wilson during the incident with Michael Brown, a black teenager who was found to be unarmed and likely in a surrendering position when he was shot to death by your officer.
Bringing Wilson back onto the force after everything that’s happened following the death of Michael Brown, especially considering the many cases of unnecessary force leading to the death of young people of color by police in the U.S., is extremely dangerous, irresponsible, and disrespectful. Blatantly announcing that you will bring Wilson back onto the same force he was in when he killed Brown demonstrates serious contempt for your critics and for the black community of Ferguson. There is no good reason to hire him back to your department.
I demand that you reverse your decision to bring Wilson back to the Ferguson police department if he’s not indicted. At the very least, you should have him transferred to a different area where his presence won’t be a blatant insult to the community and the family of the boy he killed won’t have to see him. If you have even the least bit of compassion for those who have endured a terrible tragedy, you’ll keep Wilson out of Ferguson regardless of the grand jury’s decision.
[Your Name Here]
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