Protect Citizens By Disarming Police

Armed Chicago Police Officer

Target: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Dept.

Goal: Disarm Chicago police before more innocent people are killed.

Chicago police killed Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and unarmed Bettie Jones, 55, both black, after responding to a domestic disturbance call. There’s a video from another shooting of a white officer shooting a black teenager, Laquan Mcdonald, 16 times. There are many other examples. How many more innocent minority citizens have to be killed before police officers are able to demonstrate the ability to protect citizens with a weapon?

Reevaluation of officer training is not enough. In the United States, 965 people have been killed in a shooting involving an officer in the last year alone. Three out of five of those killed were black or Hispanic. The opportunity to assess why only a small percentage of Chicago Police are given crisis training has come and gone; now is the time for definitive action.

Guns should be taken away and non-lethal protections should be put in place until officers demonstrate non-partial and equal protection to all citizens regardless of their ethnicity. Eventually officers will be trained to protect citizens without needing to carry a gun at all. Proper training of stun gun use should also be a requirement (not a suggestion) as firing tasers near the heart can also be fatal. Amnesty International found that between 2001 and 2013 there were 540 deaths from police using stun guns.

Chicago can become the nation’s leading example in control methods that are very effective in other countries like Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand, where officers are unarmed when they are on patrol. By disarming police officers, there will be more opportunities to save lives, rather than take more. Demand that Mayor Rahm Emanuel disarm Chicago police before more innocent people are killed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Emanuel,

How many more innocent citizens have to be killed before police officers are able to demonstrate responsibility with a weapon? It’s time to disarm Chicago police.

Guns should be taken away from Chicago police and non-lethal weapons should be put in place until officers demonstrate non-partial and equal protection to all citizens regardless of their ethnicity. Reevaluation of officer training is not enough. Proper training of stun gun use should also be a requirement as firing tasers near the heart can also be fatal.

You do not need to be reminded of the numerous shootings (both “accidental” and not) that have been committed by Chicago police. As governor, you have the responsibility to take fair and immediate action against these crimes. By disarming police officers, there will be more opportunities to save lives, rather than take more.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Scott Olson

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