Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for introducing a plan to fund body cameras for police in departments across the U.S.
In the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision, President Obama has announced a plan to provide funding for police departments in the U.S. that want to equip their officers with body cameras. This will keep each police officer accountable while on duty as every action is recorded. The funds will match the money that the departments are willing to put forth for these cameras, and anything left over will go toward special training and outreach programs meant to prevent unnecessary shootings of citizens by cops.
Studies have shown that introducing mandatory body cameras for police officers reduces incidents of police brutality and citizen complaints against officers, so it’s clear that they achieve their intended purpose. Considering the rampant problems with police brutality that have disproportionately affected people of color, there’s a serious need for these body cameras. After years of inaction, President Obama is finally stepping up and taking real action toward a simple, effective, and affordable solution. This is likely due to pressure from citizens, especially via petitions like our Support On-Body Camera Use for Police Officers.
By signing this petition, you’ll show your support for President Obama’s efforts to curb the epidemic of police brutality and killings in this country. Too many people have died already at the hands of aggressive and racist police, and it’s beyond time that nationwide action be taken to protect our youth and people of color.
Dear President Obama,
I’ve heard that you recently announced a plan to match the funds of any police department in the U.S. that wants to purchase and requires its officers to wear body cameras that will record their actions while on duty. I wanted to express my appreciation for your efforts to reduce the high levels of police brutality that have resulted in far too many unnecessary deaths, especially when it comes to people of color.
As you may have heard, black people in this country alone are killed by police or racist vigilantes every 28 hours. In addition to this, it’s nearly impossible to indict police officers as it’s often their word against civilian witnesses. With body cams, there can be little doubt as to how an interaction with a suspect went down. It’s already been proven that having officers wear body cameras significantly reduces the number of police brutality complaints and shootings in that jurisdiction.
For these reasons, I wanted to let you know that I support your plan to fund body cameras, as well as training and outreach programs to the community. It’s clear that words are not enough to stop the widespread abuse of police power. I hope that you keep up your efforts to address this problem that has taken the lives of so many people, especially black youth.
[Your Name Here]
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