Target: Falls County Precinct 3 Constable Richard Aleman
Goal: Fire police officer who was previously fired for fatally shooting a 93-year-old black woman.
Though former police officer Stephen Stem was fired from his previous position as a police officer for shooting and killing a 93-year-old black woman in a neighboring county, he is being allowed to volunteer for a Texas police department. Stem has shown himself to be a very dangerous and reckless individual. Demand that the precinct he is volunteering for now fire him immediately.
Unfortunately, fatally shooting 93-year-old Pearlie Golden is not even the full extent of Stem’s previous misconduct when he was a cop in Hearne, Texas. He was also suspended from active duty twice, once for neglecting to report an indecency against a child incident before leaving on vacation, and another time for pointing his gun at an innocent bystander.
Horribly, Stem was even involved in another police murder, having shot and killed another African American, 28-year-old Tederalle Satchell, two years before killing Golden. He was not indicted for either murder, but many have noted that a police officer killing two people in less than two years in a town of fewer than 4,500 people is extremely suspicious.
Despite all this history, Stem’s current supervisor Constable Richard Aleman is happy to have him volunteering in his precinct, saying that Stem was just “doing his job.” Sign the petition below to demand that Constable Aleman fire this dangerous man so that he can’t hurt anyone else as a member of law enforcement.
Dear Constable Aleman,
I am writing you today regarding Stephen Stem, a former police officer you are letting volunteer for your precinct. He has proven himself to be a reckless, dangerous person and should not be allowed any position in law enforcement.
As many have pointed out but that you seem to ignore, any cop who manages to kill two people in less than two years in a small town that usually gets fewer than 10 calls a day should be the target of a lot of suspicion. It does not matter if shooting people is, in the platonic concept of American capitalist law enforcement, “part of the job”—the circumstances of his shootings should be alarming to you.
It is even more worrying that both of his victims were African American. The national outcry over the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and countless other black men at the hands of law enforcement should give you plenty of cause to think of your letting Stem work for you in the larger context.
The fact that it needs to be pointed out to you that Stephen Stem should not be any part of your precinct, or indeed anyone else’s, is ridiculous. I demand that you fire him and bar him from all future volunteer work for your department.
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