Target: Chief Deputy of Alachua County Sherriff’s Office David Huckstep
Goal: Demand justice for 16-year-old boy shot and killed by police after calling 911 for help with suicidal urges.
Robert Dentmond was only sixteen years old when he was shot and killed by police this week. According to reports, Dentmond called 911 late Sunday evening saying he had a gun and was planning to shoot himself. When police got to the scene they attempted negotiation with Dentmond, saying they were there to help so long as Dentmond dropped his weapon. Dentmond placed his weapon on the ground and began talking to police, then went to retrieve his gun from the ground.
After the officers asked Dentmond once again to drop the weapon and he did not comply, the officers reportedly shot and killed him. Dentmond did not once point the weapon at an officer or speak of intent to harm them. Law enforcement came with an officer trained for a mental health crisis, which Dentmond was clearly having, seeing as his original call was for attempted suicide.
Instead of using other methods to calm Dentmond or even shooting to disarm and not to kill, the officers committed murder. Sign this petition and demand the Chief Deputy justify his officers actions and ensure this kind of tragedy does not happen again.
Dear Deputy Huckstep,
I am writing you today about the case involving Robert Dentmond, a 16-year-old boy shot and killed by your officers Sunday night. Dentmond called 911 as a cry for help seeing a he was considering suicide, and instead of worrying about his own safety and well being, your officers answered the call with violence.
I am confused as to why killing Dentmond was the only method to solve the situation your officers could come up with, especially seeing as you had an officer on the scene who was trained to handle a mental health crises. Dentmond did not point a weapon at an officer or speak of intent to harm, so how are these officers’ actions justified? I demand you serve these officers with appropriate repercussions for their actions and take measures to ensure this does not happen again.
[Your Name Here]
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