Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Outfit every law enforcement vehicle with first aid kits to help officers save lives.
After police fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, they didn’t provide any medical assistance. Even if they had wanted to, the police would not have been able to do so because they didn’t have first aid kits with them. If they had, Rice may still be alive. Demand that every police vehicle in the country come equipped with a full first aid kit so that the police can try saving lives instead of taking them.
In the Department of Justice’s investigation into Tamir Rice’s death, it uncovered that neither the Cleveland Police Department officers nor an FBI agent who was at the scene were properly equipped to administer medical assistance after the shooting because they had not been issued first aid kits. Thanks to an agreement between the city of Cleveland and the Department of Justice, the city police now has 800 military-issue first aid kits that include such necessities as tourniquets, chest seals, gauze, and scissors, among other things, and every police vehicle is now required to have at least one in it at all times.
This raises, of course, the question of why police around the country don’t already have viable first aid kits available to them at all times, given the situations they often find themselves in. If law enforcement’s job is truly to protect and serve, it seems clear that they should be able to provide life-saving first aid if they are the first ones on the scene—especially if the scene is of their own making, as the case was for Tamir Rice.
There is no good reason for police officers not to have access to first aid kits at all times. Sign the petition below to demand that a law is passed that requires every law enforcement vehicle in the country to have at least one first aid kit in it.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
I am writing you today regarding a major oversight in our country’s system of law enforcement. The Department of Justice’s investigation into the shooting death of Tamir Rice by Cleveland police has brought to national attention the fact that police are not regularly issued first aid kits during the course of their duties. This is something that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
As you know, the police in our country shoot people at an incredible rate compared to other developed nations. This is something that needs to be addressed in and of itself, but in the meantime we need to put emphasis on law enforcement’s ethical responsibility to help save the lives of any person they have shot so that they can ultimately receive a fair trial in our courts of law.
Given law enforcement officers’ duty as first responders and the fact that countless people they have shot and killed could actually have been saved if they had received immediate medical first aid, there is no good reason that they shouldn’t have such equipment. I demand that you introduce legislation that would require that all law enforcement vehicles in the country have first aid kits in them.
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