Target: Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC
Goal: To terminate Police Officer Kenneth Furr, who fired his service weapon at three transgender women after unsuccessfully soliciting them for sex while intoxicated.
An off-duty police officer in Washington, DC was recently sentenced for his crimes against three transgender women and their two male friends. In August 2011, Officer Kenneth Furr solicited sex for money from one of the transgender women, who rejected his offer, and proceeded to follow her to a nearby store. The woman’s friends told Furr to leave her alone, which led Furr to threaten the group with his service weapon. A confrontation followed, and the group continued to follow Furr’s car as he drove away. Furr, whose blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of his arrest, then shot at the group’s car causing them to crash. Furr proceeded to jump on the hood of the crashed car and shot five bullets through the windshield, injuring three of the passengers.
Under the law, Furr could have been convicted of a total of eight charges, including assault with intent to kill while armed, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Despite his outrageous and reckless behavior, however, Kenneth Furr was only sentenced to 3 years of probation, a $150 fine, and 100 hours of community service.
Furr has abused his power and privilege as a white, heterosexual male police officer to avoid adequate prosecution of his wrongdoings; Furr could have faced up to 30 years in prison if he was convicted of all charges. If an African American transgender woman had fired a weapon at a white male police officer, there would almost certainly be a different outcome. To make matters even worse, however, is the fact that Furr has not been fired from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Kenneth Furr deserves to be punished for his atrocious behavior towards members of a community that are frequently the victims of abuse and discrimination. Demand the MPD Chief of Police fire Kenneth Furr for his dangerous and discriminatory behavior and failure to protect those he has promised to serve.
Dear Chief Cathy L. Lanier,
The reckless behavior of Officer Kenneth towards three transgender women in August of 2011 is a disgusting display of an abuse of power. Mr. Furr abused his power as a police officer the night he violently assaulted the group of women and their friends. He later abused his privilege to avoid adequate prosecution of his wrongdoings.
The fact is that Mr. Furr solicited sex from these and other women, drove while intoxicated, and fired his service weapon without adequate reason. Although he has managed to emerge from the legal proceedings relatively unscathed—serving a measly 3 years probation and 100 hours of community service—his position at the Metropolitan Police Department has not yet been terminated.
At the very least, Kenneth Furr deserves to be stripped of his badge. He has not earned the privilege to be a police officer and has utterly failed in his primary responsibility to serve and protect the people of Washington DC. Kenneth Furr deserves to be punished for his atrocious behavior towards members of a community that are frequently the victims of abuse and discrimination. We demand that you fire Mr. Furr from the MPD. The safety of our communities depends upon it.
[Your Name Here]
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