Stop Police Brutality Starting With the LAPD

Target: Charlie Beck, Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department

Goal: To put an end to police brutality in Los Angeles.

Police brutality has been going on for years in all cities across the United States. Year after year, reports are released depicting the unnecessary violence police use against suspected criminals. This position of power is commonly abused by the individuals who are expecting to uphold justice.

What usually happens is that police officers, when making an arrest, turn to violence and abuse to gain control over the arrested party. Police officers often get carried away and end up inflicting serious wounds on suspects. The abuse is random, and criminals who are in complete compliance with the officers are subjected to brutal violence. However, statistics prove that the majority of victims are either minorities or low in social class, making the actions of the police even more unjust.

Many times victims are critically wounded and then are later proven not guilty of their crimes. One of the strongest testaments to our system of law is the constitutional right of being “innocent until proven guilty”. Police brutality takes away this right.

There have been and are currently many movements to try and stop police brutality, but perhaps the strongest tool we have in fixing the problem is communication. It is important to let the LAPD know that the public will not stand for the perpetuation of violence against citizens. The current chief of police, Charlie Beck, has been noted for transcending traditional policing methods so this is a great time to instigate change.

Sign the petition below to get Charlie Beck, Chief of Police, LAPD, to implement stricter guidelines on the practices of police officers and to establish a system where reports of police brutality can be more clearly reported and heard in hopes of reducing instances of police brutality. Because of the size of the LAPD, getting them to change their ways will hopefully have a domino effect on the rest of the nation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Charlie Beck, Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department,

This issue of police brutality has been a dark spot on the Los Angeles Police Department for over many decades now, yet cases of brutality still exist in contemporary times. Stricter guidelines need to be put in place so that the power held by officers is not abused.

You have done a lot as acting chief of police and you have been seen as symbol of change that does not necessarily follow traditional practices. Therefore I believe you also have the power to take a stance against police brutality in way that has not been done before.

I ask you to please reform the way officers are trained or implement and enforce laws that keep a close eye on the practices of officers in the field. It would also be helpful to make victims and witnesses more comfortable in reporting cases of abuse so that their stories are heard and not written off. I make these requests with respect to you and your position and the Los Angeles Police Department as a whole.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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