Target: All U.S. law enforcement agencies and police departments
Goal: Start arresting and charging Donald Trump’s staff and rally attendees who assault protesters and reporters.
Violence at Donald Trump rallies has been increasing. The latest incidents include a black man being punched in the face by a white Trump supporter as the man was already being escorted off the premises, and a female reporter for the very conservative website Breitbart being yanked to the ground by one of Trump’s campaign managers for the apparent crime of asking the presidential candidate a question. The explanation given for the latter action was that they thought she was “a liberal.”
The violence surrounding these rallies is out of control. Thanks in part to Donald Trump actively inflaming the crowds, assault has become a regular feature of these events. Not even reporters for publications that have supported Trump are safe from random attacks. This kind of behavior is an embarrassment to the country and works as an intimidation tactic to keep dissenting voices out.
Violence in politics undermines our democracy and cannot be tolerated any longer. Law enforcement needs to step up and start arresting and charging rally attendees who commit assault. The campaign manager who assaulted the Breitbart reporter needs to be charged with a crime and held accountable. We have laws against assault in this nation for a reason, as every other nation does, and failure to enforce them is a complete failure of justice. Sign this petition to demand action from law enforcement across the U.S. to stop this shameful violence.
Dear Law Enforcement Officers,
Campaign staff and supporters at Donald Trump rallies have gotten away with violent assault for too long. These events have become national embarrassments in which people are routinely assaulted, any dissenters and protesters are immediately and often violently removed, and even members of the press are yanked and thrown to the ground. All of this is endorsed and encouraged by the candidate, practically guaranteeing that it will get worse.
This cannot be allowed to continue. Wherever Trump rallies are being held, police officers should be dispatched to defend peaceful protesters and immediately arrest and charge those guilty of blatant assault, including and especially Trump’s campaign staff, who encourage violent attendees with their own examples of violence.
Please do your jobs and enforce assault laws by dispensing consequences for those who commit this crime. If you know crime is likely to be committed at a specific location, you should be there to protect the innocent.
[Your Name Here]
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