TARGET: Judge Maria DeJesus Santoveria
GOAL: Drop charges against a 14-year-old boy who was declared a threat by police for supposedly giving “dehumanizing stares”
Tremaine McMillian is a 14-year old boy who was slammed to the ground by the Miami-Dade police after allegedly giving them “dehumanizing stares”. Ask Judge Maria DeJesus Santoveria to drop charges against Tremaine before he goes on trial for resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct.
Tremaine McMillian was roughhousing with another teen when the police approached him for what they assumed was a fight on Haulover Beach on Memorial Day. However, after realizing that no actual fighting was taking place, the police officers still asked McMillian to point out his mother to them. Tremaine refused to do so and was about to just walk away when the police got on their ATVs to detain him. They then placed Tremaine in a chokehold on the ground after sensing “imminent threat” and “dehumanizing stares” from Tremaine.
Tremaine’s mother and sister claim a wrongful arrest and false accusations from the police officers, because Tremaine was just walking away from the situation and contrary to police reports was not “clenching his fists” because he was holding his puppy, Polo, at the time. The puppy was also hurt as a result of Tremaine being slammed on the ground.
An assistant Public Defender entered a plea of not guilty for McMillian and also asked that the state reconsider the charges against Tremaine. So far Judge Maria DeJesus Santoveria has refused to do so and Tremaine is scheduled to have a trial on July 16 for resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct.
By signing the petition below you will help urge Judge Maria DeJesus Santoveria to drop charges wrongfully assigned to Tremaine McMillian and help another teenager avoid having a criminal record.
Dear Judge Maria DeJesus Santoveria,
Tremaine McMillian was charged with resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct after being arrested on Haulover Beach by the Miami-Dade police. The police officers argue that the reason for restraining and slamming the boy on the ground was because he was giving them “dehumanizing stares”.
Not only is this argument unreasonable for violently restraining a teenager, but Tremaine was also trying to peacefully avoid confrontation by walking away after the police officers wrongfully assumed he was involved in a fight, which was in fact just play. He was also holding his puppy and not being violent towards the police officers.
I urge you to drop charges against Tremaine McMillian for resisting arrest with violence and disorderly conduct before he is set to go on trial. Please do not try this case based on unnecessary charges that could potentially ruin Tremaine’s future.
[Your Name Here]
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