Remove Officers From Force For Shooting Man in a Wheelchair

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Target: Head of Delaware’s State Police Department Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

Goal: Suspend the police officers who shot and killed a 28-year-old paraplegic man in a wheelchair until charges are filed.

A young man in a wheelchair was shot to death by two police officers in Wilmington after calling the station with reported self-inflicted gun wounds. A video of the conflict shows the two officers approach the man from a considerable distance away and ask him to drop the reported yet unseen weapon and put his hands in the air before the officers opened fire and shot the man dead a few seconds later.

The handicapped African American Jeremy McDole was on the edge of the street with his hands in his lap, and while the video shows him reaching into his pocket he does not appear to have a gun and never attempts to harm either of the officers. There is still ongoing investigation, but until the case is fully examined these men should not be on the streets risking further mistakes or misunderstandings, and at worst more lives.

Tell the Delaware State Police to suspend these officers from the force until further investigation can take place and their lack of fault in the death of Jeremy McDole is guaranteed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.,

A tragic event occurred in Delaware recently after a handicapped 28-year-old named Jeremy McDole called the police station with reports of self-inflicted gun wounds from a .38 caliber handgun. Jeremy was sitting in his wheelchair just off the edge of the sidewalk, according to the eye-witness video footage, when the two officers approached him with their weapons raised. They told him to drop his weapon and place his hands in the air, and while he did not comply in raising his hands, he did not show any other signs of hostility or aggression before the officers shot and killed him.

Investigation is still ongoing to see whether or not the victim even had a gun still on his person as well as the level of fault or unnecessary force used by the two officers involved. Until then, however, I believe that these officers should not be allowed to work on the force and should be held to the highest standard of conduct under the eyes of the law. Please suspend the officers involved with this incident from public work and remove them permanently if fault is found over the event.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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