Target: Kamala Harris, Attorney General of the US
Goal: Identify individuals who sent letters to protesters’ workplaces alleging criminal charges.
Black Lives Matter protesters from the Los Angeles area have been the victims of a campaign of harassment with as of yet unidentified individuals sending letters to protesters’ employers alleging pending criminal charges. While the activists in question have been arrested while protesting, none are facing criminal charges.
The letters resulted in one individual being refused entry into Canada based upon the false claim of pending charges–a clear violation of their right to free movement. The letters purport to be from the LAPD and the Department of Justice, however according to representatives of Black Lives Matter L.A., this would be a grave abuse of power.
Given the possible civil rights violations and abuse of power involved in this campaign of harassment, it is critical that there be an investigation. The individuals responsible must be identified and face consequences for any crimes, ethics violation, and abuse of power involved in sending the letters. Furthermore, due to the potential consequences in terms of the protesters’ employment, the individuals involved must be named so that those harmed by their actions can seek redress. Sign our petition and ask California Attorney General Kamala Harris to open an investigation into the harassment of Black Lives Matter protesters in Los Angeles.
Dear Attorney General Harris,
Black Lives Matter activists involved in recent protests have been the targets of a campaign of harassment with letters sent to their employers claiming that they are facing charges. Most of the activists who have received these letters have no charges pending and are not involved in any active court cases. These letters have already caused one individual to be refused entry to Canada. Past that, labeling individuals as felons can be detrimental to individuals’ employment options and career paths.
The letters claim to be from California’s Department of Justice and the LAPD. If what they claim is true, persons involved with sending these letters would be guilty of abuse of power as well as violating civil rights. Further, given the lack of charges, these letters are libelous. I urge you to investigate this matter and bring those responsible to justice.
Further, those affected deserve to know who is responsible for harassing them. Therefore, I request that the results of any investigation be made public as well as the consequences for those responsible for the harassment.
[Your Name Here]
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