Target: Andrew Bidou, Chief of Vallejo Police Department
Goal: Fire officer who was reportedly caught beating an unarmed man on camera.
A police officer was reportedly caught on camera using excessive force on a 23-year-old, unarmed man. The officer can be seen straddling the victim, who is on the ground, and repeatedly striking him in the face with a closed fist. Reports say the police were called on the man because people at a convenience store felt scared by his behavior.
The owner of the convenience store reportedly told a news station that the man had been upset when his credit card was declined and that he referred to himself as God and made what appeared to be the gesture of a gun with his hand. However, witnesses and residents have expressed anger over the brutal way the unnamed officer handled an unarmed man. Some people have expressed concern that the man’s alleged behavior in the store could’ve been a sign of mental illness, and police should’ve taken that into account before allegedly beating him.
In a public statement, Police Chief Andrew Bidou said that he would personally make the final decision after reviewing the results of the investigation. However, in light of numerous reports that have revealed evidence of police departments protecting their officers’ jobs even when they’ve been found guilty of misconduct, we cannot simply expect that this issue will be handled properly. That is why it’s imperative that we pressure the authorities and demand that this officer be permanently fired and barred from ever holding a position of authority, if he is guilty of using excessive force on the unarmed suspect.
Dear Chief Bidou,
Video footage shows a Vallejo police officer straddling an unarmed man while striking him in the face repeatedly with a closed fist. Witnesses and residents say the officer went too far and used excessive force when the young man was completely unarmed and posed no danger to them.
In your public statement, you promised that you would review the results of the investigation and personally decide what to do about the issue. Unfortunately, police officers are often allowed to keep their jobs even after being found guilt of misconduct. That’s why we feel it necessary to demand that if this officer is found guilty of using excessive force, he must be fired indefinitely.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: USAG-Humphreys