Target: Kenton Buckner, Little Rock Arkansas Chief of Police
Goal: Fire the corrupt officers accused of wrongly arresting a congressman for legally recording them.
Arkansas Congressman John Walker, who assisted in passing legislation that protects the rights of citizens to photograph and record the police, was unjustifiably arrested by Little Rock, Ark., police for recording them during an arrest. Demand these police are fired for this unjust transgression.
Arkansas State Representative and civil rights attorney John Walker and his colleague, civil rights attorney Omavi Kushukuru, were walking in Little Rock when they saw a black man being arrested. Walker and Kushukuru stopped to film the incident, with Walker reportedly stating that he wanted to ensure the police wouldn’t kill the man. With the recent wave of deaths of black people at the hands of police, this kind of concern isn’t unjustified.
Officers claim that they told Walker and Kushukuru several times to leave. As a congressman who helped pass legislation regarding recording police, Walker was well within his legal rights to continue to stay and film the police encounter. Yet police chose to arrest Walker and Kushukuru for obstructing governmental operations.
Police should know the law and should be ashamed to have arrested a state representative who was doing nothing wrong. Demand officials fire these officers for this injustice.
Dear Chief Buckner,
Officers in your police department recently arrested Arkansas Congressman John Walker for recording them when it was within his legal rights to do so. More embarrassing is that Congressman Walker helped pass the very legislation that protects the rights of citizens to record police officers.
While you later concluded that this arrest was unnecessary and tried to apologize, that is not enough. With the recent wave of police brutality sweeping the country, this incident could have escalated into something far worse. These officers are obviously not fit to serve if they feel the need to arrest a citizen and congressman for exercising his rights. I demand you fire these officers for this grave injustice.
[Your Name Here]
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