Target: Speaker of the House, John Boehner
Goal: Implore presidential candidates to stop police brutality in America.
Many American citizens want candidates to focus on police brutality as senators and other White House officials announce their intentions to run for president. With events such as Ferguson preying upon the minds of citizens, it is crucial that these candidates acknowledge that there are American citizens who are experiencing human rights abuses. These candidates need to realize that the police system is flawed and needs to be fixed. Sign this petition and urge them to focus on finding solutions to police brutality and ensuring that all Americans are treated equally under the law.
When Michael Brown, a black teenager, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, the incident sparked hundreds of protests, vigils, and demonstrations in the Ferguson community. These actions caused the Justice Department to launch a federal investigation into the Ferguson police force, and what they found was appalling. The police department was guilty of prejudice and discrimination, and according to the report released by the Justice Department, police officers used African Americans as their own “personal ATMs.” Some officers were fired, and others were forced to resign. In a predominantly black community, the Ferguson police force was made up primarily of white officers.
The investigation, along with other incidents of police brutality, illustrated the high amount of animosity and discrimination that exists in America. Under the law, each and every single person should be treated equally, but recent events have shown the American public that this isn’t the case.
All Americans, no matter their skin color or ethnicity, should be treated with the highest amount of respect and dignity. Presidential candidates should understand the plight and hardships that minorities in America experience and promise to create an environment that is tolerable of all people. Sign this petition and urge the presidential candidates of the 2016 election to protect the rights of all American citizens.
Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,
As officials and senators announce their intent to run for president, Americans have become concerned over their rights. Minority groups in particular still experience extreme prejudice and discrimination for their ethnicity and skin color. It will be 2016 when these elections run, and yet America still struggles with equality and human rights.
As the Speaker of the House, I implore you to use your influence and urge presidential candidates to stop police brutality. I also implore candidates to put a significant amount of effort towards granting equality for all citizens. Just because human beings have different skin colors and backgrounds does not mean a person should be treated with disdain or harmed in any way.
[Your Name Here]
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