Target: Mayor Eric Garcetti
Goal: Open an independent and transparent investigation into the killing of Jesse Romero.
An LAPD officer shot and killed 14-year-old Jesse Romero while he was attempting to flee after responding to reports of teenagers writing graffiti on walls. According to statements made by the LAPD, the officer shot Jesse Romero after he shot at the officer. However, witnesses contradict these statements, claiming that Jesse Romero attempted to discard a gun, which discharged after hitting the ground. Either way, it is unclear why a simple call concerning petty vandalism escalated into a shooting incident.
As is common in the wake of police shootings, there have already been attempts to smear Jesse Romero to make it seem as though he deserved to be killed. Spokespeople from the LAPD have alleged that the graffiti was gang related and have linked Romero to gang activities. Whether true or not, it is unlikely that the officers involved would have immediate access to said “facts.” The killing of Jesse Romero must be investigated, however we must ensure that the investigation is independent, transparent, and impartial. Sign our petition to demand such an investigation.
Dear Mayor Garcetti,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the killing of Jesse Romero. As you know, this killing comes at a time of high tension between law enforcement and communities. Conflicting narratives of the incident have already emerged, which can only exacerbate mistrust between the LAPD and parts of the local community. Therefore, it is critical for any investigation into this matter to be independent, transparent, and impartial to ensure that its findings escape accusations of bias.
Any investigative team must contain representatives from the affected community as well as law enforcement. The investigation’s findings must be public, and the process of investigation must be transparent. Furthermore, the aim of the investigation must be more than simply determining criminal culpability but also determine how to prevent future shootings. Most importantly, Los Angeles law enforcement agencies must commit to follow the report’s recommendations.
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