Target: Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht
Goal: Investigate multiple brutality claims against officer
Multiple accounts of unnecessary force involving a single police officer in Edmonton, Canada have recently surfaced. This officer had previously been disciplined in a brutality case, and had also shot a teenager in a confrontation. When fellow officials reported witnessing the officer’s brutality, the allegations were dismissed and those that reported wrongdoing became outcast by their coworkers.
In 2010, an ex-officer witnessed Constable Jack Redlick and several other officers savagely beat a man while he was handcuffed on the ground. The man’s face was bruised and bloodied, and he had to be taken to hospital.
In 2011, Redlick shot a 17-year-old boy three times, killing him. The teenager was armed with only a knife and a baseball bat. The teenager’s mother is now seeking legal action against the police department.
Constable Redlick was involved in another case of unnecessary force in 2012. After arresting a man involved in a domestic violence case, he transported the suspect in his cruiser to an empty schoolyard. There, in the dark, he pushed the suspect’s face into the snow and punched him repeatedly. Disciplinary action was taken after Redlick admitted wrongdoing, but he had not been fired as the brutality was deemed an “isolated incident.”
Redlick is an ex-hockey defenseman who was notorious for fighting on the ice. His records show that he has violent tendencies and is not fit to be in the domain of public service. Your signature will demand an investigation into Constable Redlick’s record and a psychiatric evaluation to determine his competency as a member of the police force.
Dear Chief Rod Knecht,
Constable Jack Redlick has been involved in several cases of unnecessary force, yet is still serving unhindered as an officer of the Edmonton Police. In 2010, officers witnessed him brutalize a handcuffed suspect until his face was bloodied and bruised. In 2011, he fatally shot a teenager during a confrontation despite available non-lethal alternative options. Most recently in 2012, he was disciplined for beating a 50-year-old suspect in a darkened school lot.
Police officers, who are meant to serve and protect the public, must show morality, good judgement, and honesty. Those with violent tendencies such as Constable Redlick should not be permitted positions of power and authority within society.
I demand that an official investigation be conducted into allegations regarding Constable Redlick of brutality and unnecessary force. I demand that he undergo an evaluation to determine the source of his violent tendencies and whether or not he is fit for his current position.
[Your Name Here]
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