Target: Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Commissioner
Goal: Officer who reportedly abused and threatened a woman on multiple occasions must be fired indefinitely and never allowed to work in a position of authority again.
A police officer had reportedly been abusing a woman and threatening her for months. According to police, Officer Gerald Smith punched a 41-year-old woman in the eye just months after backhanding her in the chest. On another occasion, Smith was accused of bending the woman’s finger back because she tried turning down the radio in his vehicle. Smith reportedly drove by the victim’s parked car and made “gun gestures,” basically threatening her life and intimidating her.
Despite months of multiple accusations of abuse, Smith had been allowed to continue his role as a police officer. Now he’s been suspended, according to the police commissioner who says he “intends” to fire the officer. Oftentimes, officers will just be relocated to a different department instead of being fired for abusive, violent behavior. That’s why it’s imperative that we put pressure on the authorities and demand that this officer be fired indefinitely and never allowed to work as a figure of authority again.
Dear Mr. Ramsey,
Officer Gerald Smith has reportedly been threatening and abusing a woman for months on end. According to police, Smith had drove by the victim’s car and made threatening gun gestures, then he bent her fingers back on a different occasion. Most recently, Smith has been accused of backhanding the victim in the chest and punching her in the eye.
It seems this officer has been stalking, intimidating, abusing, and threatening this poor victim for a ridiculous amount of time. Only now has he been suspended, but was let out on bail, despite it seeming clear that he could be a threat to the victim. Violence and abuse should have no place in the police force, and we’re appalled that this officer hasn’t been fired yet. We’re calling on you to do the right thing and see to it that this officer is never allowed to work in a position of authority again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Yannick Gingras