Target: Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch
Goal: Conduct review of the use of violence in national law enforcement policies
A Staten Island grand jury decided to not indict a New York Police Department officer for murdering an African-American man, sparking anger from various human rights organizations and activists across the nation. American citizens have taken notice of the many egregious violations police officers are making against black people, and how their actions have resulted in the deaths of numerous citizens. A national review of law enforcement policies needs to be conducted immediately, and Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch needs to initiate this process.
Video footage shows Eric Garner selling loose cigarettes on the streets when police officers apprehended him. Officer Pantaleo then placed Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold since he was resisting arrest, while Garner called out that he couldn’t breathe. The officer continued to keep Garner in the chokehold, and a few minutes later, the man was lying motionless on the ground. Police officers were waiting for paramedics to arrive on the scene. The incident wasn’t just captured on camera, but was seen by numerous witnesses.
Garner, who suffered from asthma and cardiovascular disease, later died from the attack. The New York City medical examiner ruled the case to be a homicide, but the police officer involved was still not indicted. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that investigations into the New York Police Department would be conducted, despite the grand jury’s ruling.
Other incidents of police officers harming and killing victims have taken the spotlight in the past few months. It is apparent that a giant flaw exists in the law enforcement system, and it must be rectified immediately. Urge Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch to conduct a national review of these policies to stop police brutality and ensure that all officers uphold peace.
Dear Ms. Lynch,
Americans are concerned by the amount of police brutality against African-American men that has taken place over the past few years. To many, the police force has overstepped their power, resulting in the deaths of too many victims. Americans are also concerned that racial profiling has occurred in many of these instances, causing many to protest.
I know you realize that this is a problem. I urge the Justice Department to conduct a national review of law enforcement policies to ensure that police are not given too much power over citizens. An officer’s primary goal is to ensure peace, not provoke citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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