Give Financial Benefits to Family of Slain Officer

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Target: Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice Loretta E. Lynch

Goal: Grant financial benefits owed to the family of the courthouse guard who was shot to death in the line of duty.

Stanley Cooper had been a courthouse guard for almost 20 years when he was shot to death by a criminal gunman that opened fire in the building. The federal government currently promises benefits to the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, but when Cooper’s family applied for them in Las Vegas, Nevada, they were denied. They continued to battle for this financial compensation for over five years.

This financial benefit is crucial for families to deal with the financial loss of a loved one, especially if the loved one was previously the primary provider for their household. But because of the Justice Department’s growing backlog of financial claims still to be reviewed, even families of those who worked directly for the government are still waiting years to receive benefits.

Reports have stated that Cooper’s first instincts when the gunman entered was to defend the people around him, and even successfully shielded another employee after already being shot. Give the family of this American hero the financial support they need and deserve.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch,

Stanley Cooper was a dedicated servant of the United States government who tragically died defending the Las Vegas Federal Courthouse and its employees from an armed gunman. The federal government promises benefits to the families of its law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty, and yet Cooper’s family has yet to receive any financial support from the government for years after his death. Cooper had worked for the federal courthouse for nearly 20 years and had fully intended on working there until the day he died.

Cooper was a deputized member of the U.S. Marshal’s Service who carried a gun and had the authority to make arrests. His care and concern immediately went to others when the building was threatened, and he shielded a courthouse worker with his body even after he had already been shot. However, the family so far has been cheated out of an estimated $300,000 in financial benefits because of the technicality of his employment through a private contractor. Please allow the family of this American hero to live in comfort and security and grant them the financial benefit promised to them by the government.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Elvert Barnes

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