Target: Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm
Goal: Ensure that guards at a Milwaukee county jail are held responsible for allegedly killing a man by denying him water for 6 days.
Terrill Thomas died from severe dehydration after the water was allegedly cut off from his cell. Inmates claimed that he asked for water from the guards, and that some inmates asked for water on his behalf. Terrill Thomas suffered from mental health problems and spent 23 hours a day in solitary confinement as a result of outbursts. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide in July, but there have yet to be any charges filed.
No one should ever die of thirst in a prison. Mental health problems should not be treated with punishment. If one person dies unjustly at the hands of our justice system, it is a profound tragedy that calls for society to look at itself with deep introspection. We have a system now in which we hear of life taken by the justice system every day. We can’t let the shock of these stories wear off; becoming numb to the regularity of authority caused death. We must fight back. We must demand justice.
The only way to fight back against this is to hold the justice system accountable for every life lost. Sign this petition to help convince District Attorney John Chisholm to punish those responsible for this despicable act of cruelty to the full extent of the law.
Dear District Attorney Chisholm,
Terrill Thomas died from severe dehydration in his cell. Inmates claim that water had been cut off from his cell for 6 days, and that guards did not respond to requests for water. In July the medical examiner ruled that this death was a homicide. It is unacceptable that no one has been charged for his death. Refusing water to someone amounts to torture. This kind of purposeful neglect should not only result in the loss of position, but also in criminal action.
I am urging you to show that in America, justice is for all. Make it clear that those in authority must be held accountable for their actions. It is in your power to see that justice is done for Terrill Thomas by charging those responsible for their crimes.
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