Target: Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons and Mayor Brant Walke
Goal: Launch a full investigation into behavior of police officer accused of macing two handcuffed teens.
A police officer in Alton, Illinois allegedly used excessive force when he maced two teens who were unarmed and handcuffed. The video that has been released shows the officer coming into the holding cell where the two teenagers were sitting, both handcuffed and unarmed. Then the officer steps in, says something, then reportedly nonchalantly sprays one teen in the face with pepper spray as he responds. Then he allegedly sprays some at the other teen, who has literally done nothing at this point. After the exchange he leaves them there. The alleged victim, who was sprayed directly in the face, was left there to writhe in pain.
There is clearly no threat to the officer in the video, as the accused are already detained. Whatever spurred this officer’s response was not enough to elicit such a strong reaction. The video seems to portray the officer in a very negative light, and more information is needed. That is why a full investigation needs to be conducted. The police chief, Jason Simmons, was contacted about the issue and it seems he was made aware months ago. However, instead of dealing with the matter in a reasonable way and allowing internal affairs to conduct a thorough investigation, he let the case idle, blaming the officer in question for his slow response time in filing a report. Now the officer accused is currently on administrative leave.
Sign this petition to make sure that the full story comes to light and these teens receive justice.
Dear Police Chief Jason Simmons and Mayor Brant Walke,
It is important that you pay close attention to the January 26 holding cell video where one of your city’s officers is allegedly portrayed macing two unarmed, handcuffed teens in the face. Then he leaves them there to writhe in pain.
This is a very alarming scene as the two young men accused seemed to not be a clear and present danger to the officer. This is not an appropriate response. A full investigation needs to be held by internal affairs so that the truth can come to light. Police abuse can be traumatic to individuals and can cause an unease and general sense of distrust toward the police, even terror, putting both the officer and civilian in danger. Give the two teens in that holding cell the chance to see their day in court, should the investigation show the officer was in error.
The nation is looking to police officers with a magnifying lens due to the political climate of the country right now. Put more effort into making sure this case is looked into. Please be an example for what the police force was designed to be, an honest institution dedicated to pursuing truth and justice.
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