Target: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Goal: Institute stricter punishments for police officers found guilty of providing false statements in court.
Despite giving false or questionable statements in court, police officers in Cook County, Illinois (the county containing Chicago) often escape with little or no punishment. An investigation by the Chicago Tribune revealed a concerning pattern, as more than a dozen examples were documented in which law enforcement officials gave statements that were determined to be untrue, yet punishment for these illegal statements was either minimal or nonexistent.
The statements in question occurred in all manner of cases. Some statements concerned major, case-deciding facts while others concerned smaller details, such as the direction a car was driving.
America is a nation built on the concept of rule of law, and no single person should be above the law. If police officers commit perjury, they must be held accountable, and to allow these officers to walk free is an injustice to the citizens they are sworn to protect. Sign the petition below and urge the state’s attorney general to investigate these allegations and punish any guilty parties to the full extent of the law.
Dear Mrs. Madigan,
I am writing in regards to a very troubling report from the Chicago Tribune concerning police misconduct in Cook County. According to the report, there have been more than a dozen instances in which law enforcement officials gave statements that were deemed to be untrue or questionable, yet these officers were not disciplined for their misconduct.
Rule of law is one of the most essential components of America’s legal system and no single person, be it a common citizen or a high-ranking law enforcement official, should be above the law. Please take heed of this concerning report and institute stiffer punishments for these felonious actions.
[Your Name Here]
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