Target: Raymond Kelly, New York Police Commissioner
Goal: Demand gang of gay-bashing officers be brought to justice.
Jabbar Campbell, a computer forensics investigator from Brooklyn, was hosting a gay pride party in his home when a group of nine NYPD officers arrived at his apartment. They were responding to a noise complaint at Campbell’s apartment on Sterling Place in Crown Heights. Campbell said that he spotted the officers through the surveillance camera on the building. When he noticed that they were tampering with the camera, he began to worry. When Campbell answered the door, the officers forced their way in, batons aloft.
The NYPD claims that Campbell would not end the party when asked, and pushed one of their officers. Campbell, however, insists that there was no such conversation. A couple of officers simply grabbed him and held him down, while others punched him and hurled anti-gay epithets at him. Campbell was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, attempted assault, and pot possession. He had a black eye, a split lip and a bruised face after the incident, and was taken to the hospital to be treated after being taken to the precinct.
Campbell no longer feels safe in his home or his city. He has filed charges but stated that he was scared as the NYPD were the people you called when you needed help, not the people you expected to hurt you. Sign the petition below to demand that these homophobic officers be brought to justice swiftly.
Dear Raymond Kelly,
Recently, a group of nine NYPD officers invaded the home of a man hosting a gay pride party. They were responding to a noise complaint at the man’s apartment. However, their actions upon reaching the apartment are severely suspect. The officers tampered with the apartment’s surveillance camera before entering Jabbar Campbell’s home. Once inside, they allegedly held Campbell down and beat him. He was taken to the precinct still bleeding, and charged with resisting arrest, attempted assault, and pot possession.
The NYPD officers who entered Campbell’s home that day allegedly used homophobic slurs against Campbell and his guests, and brutally beat the victim although he was not resisting arrest. These nine officers must be brought to justice as soon as possible.
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