Target: Michael Chitwood, Chief of the Daytona Police Department
Goal: Fire police officer who allegedly groped female suspect.
Larry Leon Jones, a police officer in Daytona, Florida who allegedly groped a woman he had in his custody, is currently under investigation by the Daytona Police Department. This kind of abuse of power is unacceptable and should be met with full disciplinary action. Demand that the police department fire Jones and revoke his pension.
According to a Daytona woman who was arrested by Jones for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident, he pulled over his patrol car to ostensibly adjust her handcuffs, but proceeded to put his hand under her shirt and grope her chest as he pulled away her pants and underwear to shine a flashlight on her genitals. Jones has been charged with battery, felony false imprisonment, and official misconduct, and has been put on unpaid administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the Daytona Police Department. If these allegations turn out to be true, Jones has revealed himself to be a predator who is willing to abuse his power to access victims. He is a public danger who should no longer be allowed to be a police officer.
Police officers have been kept on the force after similarly horrendous actions in the past, however, so even if Jones is found guilty he could remain on as a police officer. Sign the petition below to demand that the Daytona Police Department fire Jones and revoke his pension if he is found guilty.
Dear Chief Chitwood,
I am writing you today regarding the proceedings against Officer Larry Leon Jones. The charges leveled against him are extremely serious and should disqualify him from serving in your department.
Assuming these allegations are true, Jones has demonstrated that he cannot be trusted with a badge and a gun. He, apparently, has no qualms using the privileges they give him to put women in vulnerable positions and assault them. It is profoundly ironic that the tools police officers receive to help them protect people were repurposed by Jones to commit violence against those same people. That there should be no tolerance for such abuses in your department should be entirely self-evident.
Placing Jones on unpaid leave as your investigation is conducted is a good start in his discipline, but I hope you follow that ethic through to its logical conclusion. If your investigation concludes that Jones is guilty of battery, you need to take swift and immediate action against him. I demand that you fire Jones from your department, and revoke his pension.
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