Discipline Officers for Alleged Violence Against a Reporter

Target: Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police, Fairfax County, Virginia

Goal: Discipline the group of officers who allegedly tackled a reporter to the ground.

A reporter was allegedly tackled by six uniformed police officers in Virginia. This violence occurred as the reporter was attempting to cover a campaign rally by Republican Ed Gillespie. The reporter for left-wing Shareblue Media, Mike Stark, was captured on video being thrown face-first to the ground.

There is no reason for such brutality by one officer, let alone six. This is not the first time Stark has been prevented from doing his job. He has previously been thrown out of rallies and harassed. In addition to being violently assaulted, Stark was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Reporters should not be met with violence for doing their jobs, no matter their outlet or political affiliation. Sign the petition and demand that these officers be disciplined for their alleged behavior.


Dear Chief Roessler,

Video captures six of your officers allegedly gaining up on a reporter and violently assaulting him at a rally for Republican Ed Gillespie. The journalist was reportedly thrown face-first to the ground before being tackled and restrained. The reporter posed no threat to warrant such treatment.

Under the protection of the First Amendment, reporters should never be prevented from doing their jobs. They should never be met with violence. I demand that you discipline your officers for their alleged brutality.


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Photo Credit:  cliff1066

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    we need police warriors not military police.

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