Punish Ex-Cop Who Allegedly Shot African American Teen

Target: Steve Kunzweiler, Tulsa District Attorney

Goal: Secure a retrial for cop who seems to have gotten away with the alleged shooting of an unarmed teen.

In August 2014, then police officer Shannon Kepler saw his estranged daughter Lisa walking with an African American man, 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Lisa and Jeremy met in a homeless shelter in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after she said she was kicked out of her parents’ home.

In Lisa’s own words, “Jeremey tried to introduce himself, and my dad shot him.”

Kepler has claimed he acted in self defense, after Lake appeared to draw a gun. The 19 year old’s body was riddled with three bullets, but no firearm was found. In fact, only one person at the scene seemed to be armed: just Kepler himself.

To many people, this might seem like a clear cut case of a cop gunning down yet another unarmed African American for no good reason. Yet so far, three juries have failed to reach a verdict in the case. Since the latest hung jury, Tulsa District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler hasn’t confirmed whether a fourth trial will take place.

“It is my responsibility to assess the strength of evidence, and to determine the likelihood of success in any criminal case,” he said in a statement.

However, Kunzweiler continued, “It is also my duty as a guardian of the public’s safety and as a steward of its resources to balance those interests in an appropriate manner.”

If you believe Kunzweiler has an obligation to seek prosecution in this case no matter what, then please sign this petition demanding a retrial.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear District Attorney Kunzweiler,

As district attorney of Tulsa, you have an obligation to continue to seek the prosecution of Shannon Kepler for the alleged shooting of Jeremey Lake. It’s hard to understand how the prosecution has so far failed to secure a conviction in a seemingly clear cut case.

Indeed, given the recent spate of high profile police killings of seemingly unarmed African Americans, it’s no surprise many in the community are increasingly claiming prosecutors nationwide have a bad habit of going soft on bad cops. It’s up to you to prove these claims wrong, and show that justice can be done in Oklahoma. Demand a retrial, and prosecute Kepler to the fullest extent of the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Handout/Tulsa Police Department

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4 Comments

  1. Selena Brooks Selena Brooks says:

    Again!!! another trigger happy cop when will justice be served and cops held responsible for the actions. Black, Brown, Red, Yellow etc. ask this question ALL the time.

  2. THE COP SHOT THE KID. HE WAS ANOTHER TRIGGER HAPPY COP WITH A GUN, AND SHOULD BE PROSECUTED AGAIN TO THE FULLEST EXCENT OF THE LAW. WHICH WOULD BE A FELONY AND PRISON TIME. HE SHOULD NOT GET OFF JUST BECAUSE HE WAS A COP.

  3. Don’t sign. Is most probably another case of racism against a white cop. Had you notice how many petitions like this one appear??? when it is a nigger cop that kills a white no one says nothing of course…racism at the maximun against white people and cops are on the crime scenes, but of course poor niggers are always victims, they are all over the world knows for being so wonderful persons, so good workers, so kind to animals, is really difficult to get how so many are always in crimes scenes, if you understand my irony. The poor man was most probably doing his job, this one came as per usual trying to be the king of the black coconuts and the poor cop defend himself or he would be the one killed and we didn’t even see any petition.

    • “Racism against a white cop”? It’s amazing how you turn things around.
      The (black) victim was clearly unarmed. People are calling for justice, and you say it’s racism against a white cop?
      You seem to be racist against blacks, by the way. Could your apparent racism be clouding your opinions?

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