Target: Barstow Chief of Police Albert S. Ramirez, Jr.
Goal: Fire the cop who allegedly tackled and arrested a pregnant black woman who committed no crime.
In Barstow, California, a black woman who was also pregnant was allegedly assaulted and arrested by a police officer, even though the officer admits she committed no crime. What started as a simple matter of pointing fingers slowly escalated to the grave injustice and racial profiling captured on the officer’s vest cam.
As seen in the captured video, the officer responds to a call, a dispute between two women in a parking lot, one white and the other black. The officer first talks to the woman who called the police. After conversing with her he determines that there is no damage done to her vehicle so no crime has actually been committed. He does not ask for her name, or even question her statement.
He then locates the other woman in question, who happens to be black and also pregnant. He begins to question her and asks for her name. The woman, feeling threatened by his line of questioning refuses to give her name. She then decides to call someone to determine if she is required to give her name. The officer tells her she has two minutes to have her call, but in a matter of seconds he begins to arrest her. The woman, obviously threatened, struggles as the officer pushes her to the ground on her stomach as she screams that she is pregnant.
The video is truly disheartening as it clearly shows the divides between black and white. The woman had every right to not give her name. As stated by the officer himself, no crime was committed. “Stop and identify” statutes allow officers to legally obtain identification from a citizen if they are suspected of a crime, however, this statute does not apply if no crime was committed.
Sign this petition to ensure that justice is served for this pregnant woman unlawfully profiled and arrested.
Dear Police Chief Albert S. Ramirez,
One of your officers made a grave mistake in allegedly tackling an innocent pregnant black woman to the ground. The only response to this unlawful arrest and excessive force is to fire the officer involved.
There is camera footage of the assault. As seen in the video, the officer clearly shows prejudice in his decision making. He does not ask for the white woman’s name or question her statement, however, as the black woman was questioned and intimidated, she was tackled to the ground and cuffed just for refusing to give her name. This was not an arresting offense, as the woman had every right to refuse showing identification. The officer was certainly not threatened in any way, and she was not accused of any crime, as the officer himself commented that no crime was committed.
Take the appropriate action and remove this officer from the line of duty. Hopefully, this woman and her baby will be okay, but next time we may not be so lucky. This officer’s innate prejudices are potentially life threatening for the people of color within your city.
[Your Name Here]
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