Target: Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr., Chief of Police of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
Goal: Suspend cops who misidentified and used excessive force against an innocent man.
Yet another case of cops using excessive and unjustified force has emerged in Savannah, GA where an innocent man was tasered by officers after being misidentified. Body cam footage shows the man, Patrick Mumford, being approached by three cops executing an arrest warrant. The problem is, the warrant was for Michael Clay, not Patrick Mumford. Obviously confused, Mumford told the cops his name and asked why they were trying to arrest him. After repeatedly asking why he was being arrested and asking to see the warrant that they supposedly had for his arrest, Mumford was tasered not once, but twice.
Only 38 seconds passed between the time that the cops approached Mumford and the moment that the lead officer gave the command to taser him. The footage clearly shows that, in those 38 seconds, Mumford was never once asked for his ID, though the officer insisted to witnesses that he had asked for it multiple times. Rather than apologize for making the embarrassing mistake of confusing Mumford for Clay and failing to ask for identification, the officer charged Mumford with obstruction. The charge could cost Mumford his job, as he was on probation for a non-violent drug crime.
These cops’ failure to do their jobs should not jeopardize an innocent man’s safety, livelihood, or record. Demand that the officers responsible be suspended without pay by signing the petition letter below.
Dear Chief Lumpkin,
Your years of outstanding service have shown you to be a fair and righteous figure of law enforcement. That is why I am sure you must have been as outraged as I am to learn about the three Savannah-Chatham officers who tasered an innocent man. Patrick Mumford had committed no crime, and had in fact just visited his parole officer. He was trying to be an upstanding citizen and pay his dues for a nonviolent drug crime. Now, because of the irresponsible actions of these officers, he risks losing his job over an unjustified obstruction charge.
As you are probably aware, the officers who approached Mumford were executing an arrest warrant for another man, Michael Clay. However, rather than try to confirm his identity, the officer in charge proceeded to harass Mumford and gave the command to have him tasered without ever asking for his ID. This kind of behavior is an embarrassment to the Savannah-Chatman Metropolitan Police Department and these officers should be rightfully penalized. I ask that they be suspended without pay and be trained once again on the proper protocol for executing an arrest warrant. Concerned citizens are watching Savannah and trusting the people in charge to do what is right by Patrick Mumford.
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