Target: Captain Russell A. Neville, Cincinnati Police Department
Goal: Reprimand Cincinnati Police Department for offending ostomy patients in an effort to reduce juvenile gun violence
Recently Cincinnati’s Police Department has begun using different methods to lower its heightening rates of juvenile shootings. One tactic used by the department was to deter youth from gun violence by showing them a picture of a person with a colostomy bag and reasoning that that isn’t where they want to end up. This was an indirect insult to the community of people living with ostomy bags due to medical complications or unforeseen accidents. Reprimand the Cincinnati Police Department for degrading the condition of a colostomy bag as a prevention tactic.
Ostomy patients have gone through serious surgery and have taken drastic steps to become comfortable with the lifestyles afforded to them by their conditions. The police department lessening their lifestyle or making it seem less appreciable by using it as a defense tactic to gun violence is an outright abuse. It demonstrates that living with an ostomy bag, for whatever reason, is an unattractive, need-to-be avoided lifestyle.
In his explanation of the program Lt. Joe Richardson states, “You’re not killed, but you’re walking around with a colostomy bag and that’s just not the way to get a girl’s attention by limping down Warsaw Avenue with a colostomy bag.” It is unwarranted to go so far as to call someone living with a colostomy bag unattractive. To make another human being seem undeserving of love or allurement due to a medical condition is abusive and can lower the esteem of another person.
Living with a colostomy bag is not a defense tactic, nor is it an example. It should not be a factor in the fight to lower gun violence in the younger community of Cincinnati or anywhere. By signing this petition you are demanding that the Cincinnati Police Department apologizes to the community of patients with colostomy bags for abusing their condition.
Dear Captain Neville,
Recently your district decided to anchor down on youth gun violence. One tactical decision made was to use a picture of a citizen with a colostomy bag to deter youth from using guns. Calling an individual ugly or unable to receive positive attention from young women is not a method used to stop gun violence among adolescents and teens, it is an insult. Apologize to the community of ostomy patients for representing their lifestyle as an unattractive consequence.
Ostomy patients have gone through surgery and have taken serious steps to become comfortable with the lifestyle afforded to them by their conditions. Your department lessening their lifestyle or making it seem less appreciable by using it as a defense tactic to gun violence is an outright abuse. It demonstrates that living with a colostomy bag, for whatever reason, is an unattractive, need-to-be avoided lifestyle. It’s outrageous to call someone living with a colostomy bag unappealing; it’s hurtful.
It would be unjust to lead the youth to believe that living with a colostomy bag is any less attractive or less capable than living without one. That is not the definition of the lives ostomy patients lead. Therefore, it is unreasonable to use their condition as a defense mechanism to dissuade youth from gun violence.
I believe your department needs to issue a sincere public apology to the community of people living with colostomy bags for abusing their condition.
[Your Name Here]
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