Target: Officer Nicholas Pappe, Chelsea Police Department
Goal: Applaud officer who arrested DUI suspect despite pressure from superiors.
An officer is facing threats against his job after arresting an influential businessman on DUI charges despite requests from high-ranking officials to let the man go. During a traffic stop, Officer Nicholas Pappe found an intoxicated business owner, Brian Haggard, behind the wheel of a white Jeep. Soon after pulling the man over, Pappe received a call from the police commissioner asking him to escort the man home and not lay any charges.
Despite the call and the arrival of the city’s manager, the officer upheld his duties and arrested the man. Since then, the small town of Chelsea, Oklahoma has seen unrest within the police department and the general public over the police commissioner’s actions. According to assistant police chief Travis Hogan, the officer and the police chief have both received threats against their jobs.
Drunk driving is a serious offense which leads to the deaths of over 10,000 people annually, or more than 30 people each day. One-third of all traffic related deaths are related to impaired driving accidents, which cost upwards of $59 billion each year. Traffic stops where police officers assess the sobriety of drivers are estimated to reduce alcohol-related crashes by nine percent annually.
By upholding his duty to arrest Haggard, the officer potentially saved a life. By not giving preferential treatment to this well-connected businessman, officer Pappe has sent a message to other successful business owners and powerful city officials that they are not above the law. Sign the petition below to applaud Pappe’s stand against corruption in the police force.
Dear Officer Nicholas Pappe,
During a recent traffic stop, a local business owner called in several favors from powerful officials in an attempt to avoid arrest. Despite pressure from the police commissioner and city manager, you upheld your duty to arrest the man.
Intoxicated drivers kill over 10,000 people each year in accidents that would otherwise be avoidable. Routine traffic stops and sobriety tests are responsible for preventing an estimated 1,000 drunk driving-related accidents annually.
By refusing to cave to the demands of city officials, you not only avoided a potential accident but sent a strong message to the rich and powerful that they are not above the law. We, the undersigned, applaud your courageous and refreshing stand against police corruption.
[Your Name Here]
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