Target: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Goal: Pay black inmate’s medical bills after he was allegedly tasered for no reason, causing him to suffer head injuries and a stroke.
A black man can be seen getting tasered after apparently following instructions to face the wall with his hands behind his back, after which he falls to the ground and screams in pain, in a video released recently. Carlos Seals was an inmate at a Richmond County jail at the time, and he’s now filing a lawsuit claiming that he suffered head injuries and a stroke due to the unjustified tasering, yet the state of Georgia refuses to help him with medical bills totaling over $20,000.
The incident occurred last year, and the deputies involved claimed that Seals was tasered for being combative. It’s now clear that they lied, as the video clearly shows Seals calmly and immediately going into the “surrender” position as soon as he enters the room.
The Richmond Sheriff’s office has commented that the deputy who tasered Seals was terminated from his position, though no action was taken against the other deputy involved. However, this is not good enough. Too many people, particularly black men, have suffered and even died because of the actions of people hired by governments who clearly never should have been put in positions of power over other people.
Head trauma and strokes are very dangerous and can easily lead to chronic health problems that affect one’s ability to maintain gainful employment and can result in massive medical bills. At the very least, the state needs to pay $20,000 to Seals to cover his current medical bills. Sign our petition to demand that the state government take care of a man who suffered because of its negligence.
Dear Governor Deal,
Last year, an inmate at the Richmond County jail was tasered for allegedly being “combative,” causing him to fall to the floor and reportedly suffer from head injuries and a stroke. He easily could have died or become permanently disabled from this incident.
Recently, a video was made public showing that the inmate, Carlos Seals, was not combative in the slightest. As soon as he enters the room, he follows instructions to face the wall and put his hands behind his back. A deputy then tasers him anyway.
Seals now owes over $20,000 in medical expenses that your government refuses to pay. You are responsible for the actions of state and county employees and the hiring process that let the deputy who tasered an innocent man into a position of power over others. We demand that you pay Seals’ medical bills and tighten the vetting process for deputy hiring to prevent anything like this from happening again in the state of Georgia.
[Your Name Here]
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