Target: Colonel C. R. “Jay” Smithers, Superintendent of West Virginia Police Force
Goal: Demand police force apologize for allegedly firing ex-Marine police officer who refused to kill a black man.
West Virginia police officer Stephen Mader was reportedly let go for refusing to kill a black man during a domestic disturbance. The man held a gun, but it was revealed to be unloaded; this did not stop another officer from killing him upon arrival. Mader was allegedly subsequently ordered to resign from the force due to supposedly putting two other officers in danger with his refusal to kill.
There have been more than enough reports of police officers killing black men in this day and age, which is disturbing enough, but coupled with the alleged firing of an officer who refused to partake in such activity is even more horrifying. The force claims Mader was let go for other reasons, but it is hard not to assume the worst considering other such incidents.
Mader should be considered a hero for refusing to play along with the corruption of the police force, and the man whose life he spared did not deserve to be killed in the end. Mader was only trying to solve the disturbance peacefully. Even if the supposed gunman had ill intentions, the most he deserved was jail time. An ex-Marine deserves far better treatment than this. Sign this petition to demand the police force apologize for this apparent lapse in judgment.
Dear Colonel Smithers,
A police officer has reportedly been fired from his position for his refusal to kill a black man. Stephen Mader attempted to talk the man down during a domestic disturbance call, only for the man to be shot and killed anyway by another officer.
Mader, an ex-Marine, was treated very unfairly for his attempt to settle the matter diplomatically, which is even more unfortunate in the face of many other cases of racist police brutality that have occurred in the past several years. This man should not be punished for doing the right thing. Apologize to Mader and reinstate him as an officer on your force.
[Your Name Here]
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