Update: Reports have come out that it was not the victim who was told to “stop calling 911.” The officer was reportedly speaking to a person who called during the incident.
Target: Florida Police Chief Cecil E. Smith
Goal: Fire the officers who disregarded a woman’s emergency calls before she and her son were fatally shot.
A woman and her 8-year-old son were shot and killed after police officers told her to “stop calling 911” and dismissed her concerns as “false accusations.” This is not only irresponsible police work, but also an unfounded disregard of innocent lives, which resulted in the entirely avoidable loss of those lives.
The morning of the deaths of Latina Verneta Herring and her son, police were called twice to intervene between Herring and Allen Dion Cashe, who were fighting over the keys to Herring’s house and car. Herring was told by the officers, “Just stop calling 911 and making accusations that you don’t know about.” A few hours later, Cashe emptied an entire magazine from his AK-47 style rifle, killing Herring and injuring her two sons, her father, and two bystanders. Cashe admitted to this, calling the shooting of the two boys “accidental.” Herring died on the scene, and her 8-year-old died the next day. This tragedy could have been prevented if these police officers had done their job. Sign below to demand that these officers be fired.
Dear Chief Smith,
The tragic murder of Latina Verneta Herring and her son could have been avoided if the officers who were called to the scene hours earlier had done their jobs. Instead, they told Herring to “stop calling 911” and insisted that she was making “false accusations.”
Clearly, however, her concerns were founded, as she was brutally shot by Allen Dion Cashe with an entire magazine from his rifle, which also injured her father and one of her sons, and killed her and her 8-year-old. If the officers had taken her seriously when they were called to break up the fight between her and Cashe, she and her son might still be alive today. These officers must be held accountable for this unacceptable failure to perform their sworn duties. I urge you to fire the officers in question.
[Your Name Here]
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