Target: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Goal: Don’t use police-selected panel to investigate alleged police brutality that led to the death of a black man.
Another young black man died after reportedly being so severely beaten by police that his spine was broken and his voice box was injured. Freddie Gray underwent a double surgery to repair three broken vertebrae, but unfortunately never came out of the medically induced coma. Now the Baltimore Police Department wants to investigate the incident using a “blue-ribbon” panel commissioned by none other than the Baltimore Police Department.
This case is yet another in a shockingly long list of incidents in which black suspects are killed by police through a seemingly unnecessary use of force which the officers involved deny in spite of overwhelming evidence. The officers who allegedly assaulted Gray said that he appeared to be fine on the way to the station, but how can that be possible if medical professionals found that his spine was broken in three places?
It’s also been proven time and time again that police officers will lie to protect their own. There is absolutely no way that a panel commissioned by the police could be unbiased toward the suspect. This incident needs to be investigated by an independent panel that is chosen by people with no connection to the police department. Otherwise there is no reason for the public to trust that justice will be done.
By signing this petition, you’ll demand that the investigation process be taken out of the Baltimore Police Department and put into the hands of those who aren’t certain to unfairly favor the police. Freddie Gray and his loved ones deserve this basic level of justice.
Dear Mayor Rawlings-Blake,
Recently, yet another black man died after being allegedly beaten by police and suffering three broken vertebrae in his spine and an injured voice box. Doctors had to induce a coma and perform a double surgery to try and save his life, but he unfortunately did not make it.
As I’m sure you know, this is just one case in a disturbing pattern of black individuals dying after or during encounters with police. In the vast majority of cases, the officers accused of unnecessary force resulting in the death of the suspect goes unpunished or is only met with a slap on the wrist. Now, your city’s police department wants to commission their own panel to investigate the death of Freddie Gray.
Considering the nation’s problem with police brutality as well as the tendency for cops to defend one another no matter what, even if it means lying or tampering with evidence, there is no reason to trust that the Baltimore police will be unbiased in selecting the panel to investigate a brutality case within their own department. The only way that the American people can have any confidence that justice has been done is to have an independent entity commission an independent panel with no connection to the police.
I demand that you stop the city police department from selecting their own panel and instead choose an unbiased person or group of people to select an equally unbiased panel for this investigation. Please ensure that Freddie Gray receives the most baseline level of justice for his untimely death.
[Your Name Here]
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