Target: Mr. Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
Goal: Applaud veto of bill that would have hidden the names of police using deadly force.
The names of police who use deadly force are no longer at risk of being concealed, thanks to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s veto of a bill. The bill, which was originally intended to protect police, met with resistance from police chiefs in Arizona and Force Change activists who signed this petition. This is a wonderful victory for transparency in policing and will do wonders for the relationship between police and the people they are meant to protect. We must thank the governor for listening to our voices so he will be inclined to do so again in the future.
The proposed bill would have hidden the names of officers who were involved in the use of deadly force from media and families for up to 60 days. The intention of this bill was positive, but the reality it would have given birth to would not have been. Hiding the identities of police at a time when trust levels for the police are at their lowest since segregation would have only have been divisive. People need to see that the police are there to protect them; hiding their identities, especially when deadly force is used, would only serve to strengthen the growing opinion that the police are above the law.
The bill would also have made it easier for corrupt police to cover up wrongdoing and hide the truth from citizens and the media. If the officers were complying with the law and proper procedures, what would they have to fear from their names being known? This measure would only have protected those who were not following the correct procedures. Please sign here to thank the governor for making the right call and encourage him to act in the interest of the people at all times.
Dear Governor Ducey,
I would like to be the first to thank you for vetoing a bill that would have hidden the names of police who use deadly force. I understand the intentions of this bill quite well and find them commendable. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and the proposed bill would only have served to divide the police from the people they are meant to protect. This is a time when police departments need to regain the trust of their citizens by being open and honest.
There are plenty of measures for protecting police in place already; there is no need to protect them any further. Besides, if the police are following protocol and procedure, what do they have to fear from their names being known? This bill would only have served to protect those who were not following the rules and I am glad it is dead. Thank you again for making the right decision and please continue to act in the interest of your citizens at all times.
[Your Name Here]
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