Target: Mr. Kevin Knight, Mentor Chief of Police
Goal: Fire officer that allegedly physically assaulted a student on school grounds.
A white police security officer at a high school in Ohio allegedly pushed a black student multiple times before tackling him to the ground and handcuffing him. In a recently surfaced video, there appears to be no provocation for the officer to use such violence, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped him. This has become an all too frequent occurrence lately and something must be done to stop police officers from abusing people and start protecting them like they are meant to.
The student in question was approached for smoking an e-cigarette on school grounds, which is against school rules. Police say that he was then arrested for “resisting arrest” and “disorderly conduct.” In the video, the student in question is resisting nothing. He is simply standing and talking to the officer when he begins to back away as if threatened. The officer then follows him, pushes him twice, then tackles him to the ground and jumps on top of him. This conduct would be unacceptable in any place and against any person, but to for it to happen in a school is outrageous.
The video clearly shows the student standing in front of the officer having some sort of dispute. While questioning a police officer is sometimes construed as “resisting arrest,” the way to deal with that situation is not to physically assault a teenager. This conduct is not acceptable for a police officer and certainly not for one working with kids. Please sign here to demand that this man is removed from his position before is harms any more school children.
Dear Police Chief Knight,
It has come to my attention that one of your officers, Chris Ivanovics, recently had an altercation with a student at Mentor High School. In a recently surfaced video, it appears that the officer in question pushed the student several times before tackling him to the ground for no apparent reason. The video clearly shows that the student in question is not threatening to harm the officer–he is simply standing and even looks a little threatened.
This is not conduct becoming of a police officer and I am writing to demand that this man be removed from his post before he is able to harm any more children. It has become all too common to see white police officers abusing black youths lately, but for it to happen on school grounds over something so trivial as smoking is disgusting. I understand that there are rules against smoking for a reason, but the way to enforce those rules is not with violence. What sort of message does that send to the kids watching this altercation? Violence does not solve problems, Mr. Knight. It only creates new ones.
[Your Name Here]
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