Denounce Police Who Took Photos of Homeless People to Shame Them

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Target: Sgt. Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association

Goal: Stop campaign that aims to take pictures of homeless people to shame them and refuse calls for police accountability.

One of the New York City Police Department’s biggest unions, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, has started a campaign called “Peek-A-Boo, We See You Too!” where pictures are taken of homeless people in order to shame them and decry efforts towards police accountability and policing reform. Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the organization leading the campaign, is apparently unhappy with the recent reforms set in motion for police officers, including a bill that would ban putting suspects in a choke hold that stems from the Eric Garner case where the man was put in an illegal choke hold and died.

One of the major catalysts of these reforms is the trend of people filming police, a completely legal act. This is where the idea to take photos of the homeless comes from; Mullins claims that if people want to record police, people should also record other people who are committing “quality of life offenses,” which, according to him, being homeless falls under.

The campaign supposedly aims to also shed light on the growing number of homeless people on NYC’s streets, as if these people are committing a crime that must be documented and shamed.

It’s crazy to think people in power who are sworn to serve and protect are actually treating fellow human beings like this simply because the public is calling for police to be more accountable for their actions. Tell Sgt. Ed Mullins that this campaign is abhorrent and should be stopped immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sgt. Ed Mullins,

You started a campaign called “Peek-A-Boo, We See You Too!” where pictures are taken of homeless people in order to shame them and decry efforts towards police accountability and policing reform. You’re apparently unhappy with the recent reforms set in motion for police officers after many have been blatantly at fault and caught on camera.

It’s crazy to think people like you are in power are are sworn to serve and protect, yet you are actually treating fellow human beings like this simply because the public is calling for police to be more accountable for their actions. This campaign is abhorrent and should be stopped immediately. I demand you to end this and apologize for your gross behavior.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Sascha Kohlmann

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2 Comments

  1. The quality of police officers in this country is at an all-time low. Although there are some decent, intelligent, even compassionate law enforcement officers, a good percent are cruel, stupid, and violent.

    Targeting the homeless for emotional abuse is just another mean-spirited example of the low caliber cops–and another reason why reformation of the system, hiring and training policies is so necessary.

    The lives of the homeless are already extremely difficult, stressful and depressing. So some monstrous idiots decide to make it even worse for them. Couldn’t the NYPD find some real beings to represent their force, instead of some arrogantly malicious and spiteful sub-humans?!

    This kind of despicable immoral behavior must not be tolerated! We don’t need sociopaths working for PD’s. Incredibly, we have many.

  2. What’s next?–Shooting the homeless? If the Tea Party or the hard core Republicans take control of the Whitehouse, this nitemare may happen.

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