Target: Miami Director of Police Juan Perez
Goal: Fire officer who ran over and dragged child 40 feet after allegedly speeding down residential road.
A child has been left in the hospital after being struck by a police car and dragged. The six-year-old, Antwan Lawson, was crossing the street on his scooter when the officer came out from between two parked trucks. Cell phone video shows that there was no way for the two to see each other. However, the video also shows that the officer was speeding.
Lawson was struck and dragged nearly 40 feet, and was thought to have been killed. He was pulled out by his grandmother. Bystanders tended to him while waiting for an ambulance. Lawson suffered a broken leg and pelvis, and a lacerated spleen and liver, although is expected to be fine. There is a dispute, with the police saying that members of Lawson’s family allegedly threatened the officer while they were waiting for help, which other witnesses have discredited.
The police department said that speed had not been a factor in the incident, but the video and eyewitness accounts claim that the officer was driving 50 to 60 miles an hour. The department has said that the officer was delivering paperwork to another officer, although an internal investigation has been launched. Some eyewitnesses have claimed negligence in the officer’s speed. Demand the officer in question be fired for his dangerous irresponsibility.
We are writing because we were devastated to hear of the horrific injuries a child underwent when simply trying to cross the street. Six-year-old Antwan Lawson was struck by an officer and dragged 30 to 40 feet. He suffered a broken leg and broken pelvis, and a lacerated spleen and liver. He is lucky to be alive after the accident.
Bystanders and cell phone video show the officer speeding down a dangerous street. The department has said speed was not a factor, but that does not seem to be the case. If the officer in question was delivering paperwork to another officer, as stated by the department, then the speed shown was utter negligence on the officer’s part.
We know an internal investigation has been launched, and we demand that the officer be relieved of duty. Police have a duty to serve and protect, and the officer has shown that they do not have the proper respect for the system. Please fire the officer whose negligence nearly killed a child.
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