Target: United States President Barack Obama
Goal: Demand that Obama expedite his plan for police body cameras in America as tensions between police and citizens are at an all time high.
President Barack Obama’s plan to reform police officers and police culture nationwide has yet to be implemented since he announced it over a year ago. This included new training and providing funding for resource officers rather than weaponry, and included a $20 million dollar plan to uniformly implement body cameras for officers nationwide.
Congress blocked the initial budget proposal and instead passed legislation that significantly fell short of what needed to be addressed in police reform. Since then, Obama has let this police reform plan remain stagnant while the rate of murders by police is escalating, more videos of shootings are released every day, and tension between police and the citizens they are supposed to protect is at an all time high.
These numbers account for all police murders, not just the ones that were unjustified. However, due to the fact that there is no nationwide policy for accountability of the police and no uniform body cams, there is no way to differentiate the two.
Without the physical evidence to prove whether or not that murder was justified and was executed following protocol, there’s a large gray area that gets left open where we have to wonder whether or not the police were actually doing their jobs well. Considering the amount of videos shot by civilians that have been released on the Internet that have shown that the officer was in the wrong when killing their victims, the public is left to assume that all of the murders committed by police were unjust.
The Obama Administration said last year that reforming police culture in this country was a top priority for them, so why have they remained so silent in the face of all the death happening in the last year and a half? Tell the President that if he truly wanted to address police reform, he would be proposing bills to require police body cams at every session of Congress in different variations until he got the reform he was looking for.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Last year, you stated that addressing police brutality and reforming police culture in our country was a top priority for you and your administration, even going so far as introducing legislation that would require police to wear body cams at all times. Yet when the bill got blocked by Congress, instead of re-introducing the bill or it’s policies, you rolled over and remained stagnant when so many Americans finally felt that you were accomplishing the change that was promised in your presidential campaign over eight years ago.
Since your proposal was announced last May, almost 1,500 American citizens have been killed by the police, with nearly nobody being held accountable and zero explanations. This is absolutely unacceptable. I’m sure that among those 1,500 there were citizens who were true and hardened criminals who put the officer’s life in danger to the point where they had no choice but to retaliate with lethal force, but this doesn’t mean that these numbers are okay or that the American people don’t deserve to understand why this many people died or how the murders actually went down.
I, along with many other Americans, find your lack of vigilance in the fight to reform police culture highly disturbing. Sure, every now and again you will make statements denouncing police brutality and offer your sympathies to the families of those who have been unjustly murdered. But what about the rest? What about the hundreds of citizens who were murdered without someone recording it? If you don’t act on this issue soon, thousands more Americans will be murdered by those who claim to serve and protect.
[Your Name Here]
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