Target: Auburn Police Chief Paul Register
Goal: Stop hiding the body camera footage of a bipolar mother being shot and killed by police officers.
A mentally ill woman was shot and killed by police officers after they were called to help restrain her during a difficult episode, according to her cousin. Instead of helping Melissa Boarts, they shot and killed her, justifying it by claiming that she was carrying a pocket knife. However, the police department of Auburn, Alamaba is refusing to prove that claim by releasing the footage from the officers’ body cameras.
There’s no point to even having the body cameras that activists so hard for if the police refuse to release the footage to the public. That refusal does, however, make the Auburn police look guilty, especially since this is part of a pattern of police being called to help mentally ill or suicidal individuals only to kill them for flimsy reasons such as the supposed presence of a tiny knife.
Boarts was a mother of a two-year-old child who merely needed a little help from those tasked with protecting the community. Instead, she was shot down for having a mental illness. Sign our petition to demand that the footage of this incident be released so that it can determined if the officers involved actually had cause to shoot this woman in need.
Dear Chief Register,
I understand that the body camera footage from the incident surrounding the death of Melissa Boarts. This woman was shot and killed by police officers during a bipolar episode after her mother called the police for help protecting Melissa from herself. Instead, your officers shot her down for supposedly having a pocket knife, which they apparently can’t handle without using deadly force.
For whatever reason, the investigators into this incident are fusing to release the video footage from the officers’ body and dashboard cameras. If they want people to believe that Ms. Boarts was a threat with her pocket knife, why don’t they release the footage to prove it? Not allowing the public to see the videos only makes your officers seem guilty.
These cameras that are supposed to keep police officers honest are useless if departments hoard the footage. Boarts’ family feels completely betrayed and let down by the Auburn Police Department because you won’t let them see if her killing was justified. I demand that you immediately release the footage from the shooting of Melissa Boarts.
[Your Name Here]
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