Target: Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police Superintendent
Goal: Commend terminations of police officers charged with the murder of Paul O’Neal.
Three Chicago police officers have been relieved of their duties after autopsy results revealed that an 18-year-old man was shot in the back. Police superintendent Eddie Johnson announced the decision as the investigation of Paul O’Neal’s death continues.
O’Neal was recently shot and killed in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle and opened fire when the driver, later identified as O’Neal, attempted to flee the scene. After an extensive review of the scene and details surrounding the case, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide, leading to the officers’ termination.
At a time when tensions between police and citizens is extremely high, the swift reaction from superintendent Johnson is extremely encouraging. Sign the petition below to thank this official for responding to this troubling situation.
Dear Mr. Johnson,
I am writing to commend your recent decision to relieve the officers involved in Paul O’Neal’s murder of their duties. Extensive analysis and review of the case proves that these officers acted with excessive and unnecessary force, and such egregious misconduct deserves swift and harsh punishment.
As reports of police officers using excessive force rise, so too have tensions between these officers and the public. In order to repair relations, misbehaving officers must be held accountable for their actions, and punishments such as the one you have doled out are extremely encouraging. Thank you for your brave decision.
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