Target: Brian K. Patterson, Chief of Police, Buffalo NY
Goal: Pay good cop her rightfully-earned pension
After stopping a fellow officer from using excessive force, Officer Cariol Horne was fired from her job and had her pension withdrawn. Horne, who worked as a police officer for 19 years, responded to a call for assistance at a domestic dispute and saw another officer punching a civilian in the face. After the suspect was led out of the house in handcuffs, the officer became violent again and began to choke him.
Horne stepped in, telling the other officer to release the restrained suspect. When he refused, Horne grabbed the officer’s arm off of the man’s neck. The violent officer responded by punching Horne so hard in the face that her nose was broken. Horne was fired over the incident, her pension effectively withdrawn because she was terminated two months before the 20-year mark.
The officer that struck Horne was under investigation for punching an off-duty cop at a bar, but despite two violent incidents, kept his job. He was forced to retire after choking another officer at a station house and is currently facing an indictment for civil rights violations against four black teenagers which he shot with their own BB gun while they were in the back of his car.
Police officers have a sworn duty to protect citizens, and Officer Cariol Horne was doing just that. Apparently there is a double standard when the violence is being committed by another police officer. Sign the petition below to denounce Horne’s termination and demand that she receive her rightfully-earned pension.
Dear Chief Brian K. Patterson,
Officer Cariol Horne was fired after restraining a fellow officer from using excessive force on a suspect. When responding to a domestic dispute, she found the officer on scene choking a handcuffed man. When the officer refused to stop, she physically grabbed his arm off the suspect.
The violent officer punched Horne, breaking her nose. Despite his previous record of violence against fellow officers, the cop that punched Horne kept his job while she lost hers. The violent officer went on to choke another officer and have a civil rights complaint filed against him.
Horne was only doing her sworn duty of protecting citizens, but was terminated regardless. Because she was terminated two months before the 20 year mark, efforts have been made to deny her the pension plan she paid into. We, the undersigned, condemn her termination and demand that her pension is restored.
[Your Name Here]
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