Target: Mr. Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
Goal: Don’t hide the identities of police who use deadly force.
Both houses of the Arizona State Legislature are attempting to pass a law that would hide the identities of police who use deadly force for an arbitrary amount of time after an incident. The proponents of this idea argue that it will serve to protect police until all of the facts about a given incident are gathered, but it is clear that if this bill becomes law, it will only become easier for corrupt police to cover up instances of brutality and misconduct. Something must be done to stop this proposed law immediately.
Given the recent instances of police brutality, and in some cases homicide, one would assume that police departments would be attempting to make their operations more transparent and approachable. However, the truth is that state legislatures and police departments are clamoring to pass legislation that clouds the truth and makes it even more difficult for people to figure out what really happened. What are they trying to hide? If the police are so upright and moral why should they be afraid to release the name of an officer that uses deadly force? Could it be that maybe it wasn’t justified?
Several police departments have testified that their officers felt unsafe after their names were released following uses of deadly force. One of the incidents in question was the shooting of an unarmed black man. Another was of a man with his hands up in the air. The two officers responsible for these deaths felt uncomfortable? How do their victims feel? Despite all of their complaints and testimony, no harm came to these officers.
Police departments already have procedures for protecting officers that are in danger following an incident. The proposed law would only serve to add even more tension to the already strained relationship that the public has with the police. Please sign here to make sure that this occlusive law never makes it out of the Arizona State Legislature.
Dear Governor Ducey,
It has come to my attention that members of your state’s legislature are attempting to pass a bill that would hide the names of police who use deadly force for some arbitrary amount of time. I am writing to ask that when this bill makes its way to your desk, and it will, you do not to sign it. The proposed law could only serve to add more tension to the already strained relationship between the police and public and must not be enacted.
I understand that this bill may have been created with the intention of protecting police officers from harm and that is a good cause. We can all agree that police are not evil, but we can also agree that some abuse their power and attempt to cover it up afterward. This bill would only enable those who seek to misuse their power, and hide it, to do so more effectively. Please veto this bill for the good of all citizens of Arizona.
[Your Name Here]
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