Target: Chief of Police John Meza
Goal: Fire officers who killed a suicidal trans man with Asperger’s syndrome.
Police officers killed a 24-year-old trans man after they were called to prevent him from taking his own life. After Kayden Clarke sent out an email with suicidal intentions, someone called the police to stop him. Unfortunately, once the officers arrived, they ended up shooting Clarke, who later died at a hospital. It is yet another incident of unnecessary force by police in America, and another young person is dead because of it.
The two officers allegedly arrived and found Clarke with a knife. A spokesperson for the police claimed that Clarke lunged at them, and one of the officers shot him. One or both of the officers had been trained in crisis intervention, and why they shot is still in question. Tragically, the spokesperson also misgendered Clarke in the statement and used his birth name.
Clarke was born Danielle Jacobs but had hoped to transition to a woman. He also suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. He found viral fame last year after a video spread of his service dog comforting him after a meltdown. This was not enough to save him, however. Both officers are on administrative leave, but please sign and demand that they be removed from their jobs. Clarke should not have died, and the officers should have been more prepared for the situation.
Dear Chief Meza,
There was a tragic incident in Mesa where a suicidal and mentally ill trans man emailed a friend to watch his dog after he killed himself, only to end being shot and killed by police. This incident should have never happened, and we are writing to demand the two officers in question be removed from their position.
The officers allegedly felt threatened after Clarke brandished a large kitchen knife and lunged at them. But at least one of the officers was trained in crisis intervention and they should have had better preparation for the situation. The officers already carried stun guns, there is no reason why they should have been armed to try and save a suicidal person.
Worse still, the official statement about the incident misgendered Clarke and used his birth name, which is incredibly demeaning to someone fighting to establish their own identity. This added insult to injury, as it devalued Clarke’s fight and insulted his identity. The officers are on administrative leave, but we urge you to permanently remove them from the force. No level of violence like this should have been used in the incident.
[Your Name Here]
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