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1. Cops are not above traffic laws

Cops are not above the law, but it seems most think they are. I'm talking simply on traffic violations. Not stopping fully at a stop sign. Running red light with their lights are on and never going to a call. Even the simple turn signal.

We feel that officers need to set the standard for citizens on following the laws. Ultimately I would like to start a program that catches officers on duty not following traffic laws. And issue them a ticket.

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2. Support Titusville Police Officers

Within the next month the Titusville City Council is going to cut 14 police officers from the department. They are also going to put the remaining officers on a 1 or 2 day per week furlough. Not only do the citizens need the officers, the officers need their pay.

Florida Today article:

TITUSVILLE — Police chief Tony Bollinger will leave the department he has lead for the past 12 years on Friday.

Bollinger, who is in the Deferred Retirement Option Program, informed City Manager Mark Ryan of his plans to resign and start his retirement.

The police chief cited difficulties "double-dipping" while the department was facing furloughs and pay cuts, according to an e-mail Bollinger sent to police personnel and city council members.

"I found it increasingly more difficult to look at each of you knowing your struggles and also knowing that my departure could save money that could be redirected to help offset and alleviate some of your financial troubles," Bollinger stated in the e-mail.

Florida today article

Mayor: Pensions might bankrupt titusville

TITUSVILLE — Negotiations between Titusville and unions representing its police officers, firefighters and other employees have broken down, with the mayor warning residents the city could go bankrupt without reform of its pension program and other retirement benefits.

“We have an unfunded liability in our pension program of approximately $46 million,” Mayor Jim Tulley said. “We don’t know how big the risk is. We know there are cities, particularly in California, that have gone bankrupt.”

But police and firefighters fear that the solution the city seeks will be a reduction in pension benefits for workers, who accepted lower pay now on the promise of a better pension when they retire.

“When we were hired, the city told us we won’t make a lot of money on the front side, but we are going to get a decent pension when we retire, they will take care of us then,” said Scott Andrews, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 170 in Titusville.
According to the city’s latest comprehensive annual financial report, the unfunded liability in the Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement Trust had reached almost $25 million as of October 2010; the unfunded liability in the General Employee’s Retirement Trust was about $19 million.

Beyond the pensions, the annual report shows another substantial unfunded liability — another $44 million — to cover other post-retirement benefits, such as retirees’ health insurance.

While there was $72.5 million in assets in the two pension trusts as of October 2010, there was just $725,752 in assets assigned to cover those other post-employment benefits for all city employees.
“The fact that there are some actuarial assets at all is a positive sign,” said David Matkin, an assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at Florida State University and pension researcher for the LeRoy Collins Institute.

Titusville does not face an immediate risk of default, but the city must stop the growing pension liability, Titusville finance director Bridgette Clements said.

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3. Reinstate "pips and crowns" for Canadian Army officers

Prior to Unification in 1968, Canada's Army officers wore the traditional "pips and crowns" for ranks from second lieutenant to general.

Upon Unification, the Army (or Mobile Command as it became known) wore generic bars, the same as the Navy and Air Force.

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4. Our police officers deserve better pay

For far too long our police officers and their unions/ associations have been battling the Government for better pay.

It's time the community backed the police and demand they get a better wage.

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5. Build The Cook County Peace Officers' Memorial In Cermak Woods

The Cook County Peace Officers Memorial has been in the planning stage for over nine years now without any progress.

We now need to apply pressure to those Cook County Commissioners and help educate the residents of cook county in seeing that the memorial becomes a reality.

We need to remember those 675 Peace Officers that gave their lives all while in the line of duty. This includes federal. state, county, area and city of Chicago officers.

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6. Expedite the process for Detention Enforcement Officer's promotion

As Detention Enforcement Officers, our performance, experience, work knowledge professionalism and loyalty are beyond the scope of what we were hired to do. The numerous duties we carry are beyond our pay grade.

Some of these duties include the assistance we offer to many agencies on the federal, state and local levels as well as the court family and its many agencies. We also assist our very own district administrative staff and deputies. Throughout the years we have taken charge of our section, Custody and Transportation.

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7. Calling For The Release of Democracy Activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy

Request the Australian Embassy in VN to call for the release of Ms. Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, a renowned novelist and democracy activist.

Calling For The Release of Democracy Activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy

NB : We continue to also sign this petition at :
http://www.change.org/actions/view/calling_for_the_release_of_democracy_activist_tran_khai_thanh_thuy

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8. Restore the RAF Yatesbury Airfield

The former RAF Yatesbury airfield dates back to WWI and the only reaming airfield with complete suite of buildings and hangars in the country. The hangars are listed Grade II* and believed to be the only remaining of it’s type in the world.

At the public inquiry, evidence was submitted by English Heritage that established that the site is of international, as well as national, importance. It retains “the best preserved flying field of the First World War period, bounded by one of the most complete suites of technical and hangar buildings of the period up to the end of the First World War period” and “the most complete of all 56 of the Civilian Training Schools built in the inter-war period”. At the time of its construction, this Flying School was singled out for praise by Flight Magazine which stated that “…they have unhesitatingly made at Yatesbury a model school whose pattern few will equal and none will better”.

English Heritage and Wiltshire County Council have spent great efforts to support the restoration of the airfield yet they failed to extend support at these difficult times by relaxing the onerous legal agreement they forced the owners to sign.

Jamal Khanfer has fought and waited 8 years before he succeeded in securing a planning consent, which ensures its survival for future generations. Jamal has sacrificed every thing possible to secure the consent financially, personally and gave up his very promising career.

The project is funded by RBS who have in October 2008 stopped funding the project. The project, however, remains widely supported by the local community and many associations as well as nationally and internationally.

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9. Change Police Officer Hiring Requirements!!

Did you know that to be a police officer in the state of Florida you have to have good credit. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Also passing a polygraph exam. Obviously many of the officers hired had a good enough credit score and also passed their lie detector test.

But what does that tell you about them as a person or what does it say about them being a good officer? I'll tell you what, nothing.

Here's an example::: Miami, Fl
A Miami, Fl police officer was charged with animal cruelty and another offense after he kicked a police dog into unconsciousness, according to The Police News. The incident is said to have occurred after “Duke,” a 4-year-old German Shepherd, barked (when he shouldn't have) during a training exercise at the Miami Dade Training Bureau.

The officer, “lost it,” a source of Local 10 Florida said. The officer, a 27-year police veteran and 25-year canine officer was arrested after the dog collapsed. Duke was rushed to an animal clinic by the officer after he shook the dog and realized that Duke was unconscious. The dog later died at the clinic.The officer has been placed on administrative duty with pay since the investigation began.

So the good people that maybe have a little something on their credit because of tough times or because of some bad luck and did not pass the polygraph have to suffer and not be able to serve their communities as an officer of the law. Polygraph test are not 100% effective and having good credit doesn't make you a good person. As you read in the previous example.

Lets join together to eliminate this "requirement" and from letting good people join the police force. My husband a Unites States Marine with an honorable discharge, now in the Army Reserve, never done drugs, good moral character, great citizen, hard working, overall great individual who is more than highly qualified for this job was turned down because of bad credit that his ex wife caused not him. There has to be a better way to hire good police officers.

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10. Clean up Pinelawn Police Department

Pinelawn police depart has a history of being filthy. Rodents and bugs share the cells with the visitors. Toilets are never cleaned and there is no hand soap to prevent diseases.

There are not enough cell bunk beds there for the number of visitors, so you are made to sleep on the floor with filth that has been building up over the years.

Males and females have to share restrooms and females have special needs monthly.

Most importantly, if an officer id not in a good mood you may not be able to take your medicine or get the proper medical attention needed.

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11. C.M.P.D. Memorial Park

C.M.P.D. Memorial Park

Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy continue to be extended to the families, friends and fellow Officers of Officer Clark and Officer Shelton as we remember the service and ultimate sacrifice they gave to the City of Charlotte one year after their tragic loss.

May God's love and guidance provide you peace and comfort, now and always...

Welcome...we thank you for visiting CMPDMemorialPark.com

On April 1, 2007 the City of Charlotte lost two fine police Officers...Officer Sean Clark and Officer Jeff Shelton. As a city we stopped to mourn the loss of two men who gave their lives protecting ours. Now...we come together to honor all our Police Officers who have given their lives in the line of duty, and all those who put on the uniform and would lay down their lives for you and me, each and every daywithout thought or consideration for their own safety or lives. Please take a moment and think about such selflessness.

We will be meeting with Officials from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Parks Department to determine an appropriate location and time line for a park within Mecklenburg County to honor all of our CMPD Officers who have given their lives for our freedom.

We may need paper petitions in the future, however, at this time, we just ask that you show your support to the Officers families and all our police by by signing the on-line petition.

Please check back for updates, as we will update this sight when more information is available!

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12. Save Officer Cromer's Job

On February 16, 2006, LFUCG Officer Joshua Cromer arrested country music singer John Michael Montgomery for DUI. After the arrest a fellow officer posted an altered picture with Officer Cromers face on the body of a fan standing with Mr. Montgomery on Cromers myspace.com page.

This launched a chain of events where 6 officers including Cromer were investigated and charged with numerous internal charges, all of the officers EXCEPT Cromer are back working at the LFUCGPD. Before Mr. Montgomery's case went to trial he went and pled the Alford Plea because he knew that there was enough evidence to convict him of DUI.

There have been numerous state laws that have been broken by the LFUCGPD including Officer Cromer being suspended without pay since November 8, 2006. Officer Cromer was also suppose to have a hearing with the LFUCG council within 60 days of being charged in October, which the city failed to meet that deadline. The council hearing is set for February 20, 2007 at 4:30pm. These are only two of many state laws that have been broken.

Please help get this Officer his job back and keeping our streets safe.

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13. Stop Noise Level violations and antisocial behavior in Brookhaven

We would like to request a few minutes of your time to address a critical problem that, with your help, may be greatly diminished. It is a Noise Level Control problem.

There are two Clubs "Las Vegas Sports Club" and "Las Teja Restaurant & Bar" that are operating out of 1075 Portion Road from the hours of 8 P.M. to 3:30 A.M. Tuesday thru Sunday. It is a complex issue involving a number of factors. The one we'd like to address is the ongoing problem with both clubs playing loud music that is affecting our sleep and disrupting our lives and affecting the quality of life.

Another serious problem related to these two clubs is that drugs are being sold in the parking lot and that patrons are/may be leaving in an intoxicated or drugged state and are operating their vehicles through our neighborhoods causing a dangerous and potentially deadly environment for our local residents and public.

We have contacted the Town of Brookhaven, Code Enforcement Dept and 911 to assist the residents with some relief when the music gets out of control. When the officers request the business owners to lower the volume they comply, however once the officers leave the location the club owners raise the volume up on the music again and it remains that way until we call 911 again.

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14. Stop Police Harassment

Chief Louis Cavallo
Lt. James Fondo, Executive Officer
701 SW 71 Avenue
North Lauderdale FL 33068

PROFESSIONAL COMPLIANCE (INTERNAL AFFAIRS) 321-1100
ROMARK BUILDING
3521 W BROWARD BLVD., SUITE 101
FORT LADUERDALE, FLORIDA

The Police Complaint Center
1220 L Street N.W. Suite 100-164
Washington, DC, 20005

NAACP/North Broward
2061 North Dixie Highway
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Dear Chief Louis Cavallo,

As a concerned resident of North Lauderdale, I am writing about the problem of racial profiling. Some officers stop motorists based solely on their race or ethnicity, thus violating their civil rights. I urge you to take action now to address this problem in our community by deciding to have your force voluntarily collect racial data at all stops of citizens.

Recently, I have been stopped by one of your officers, in fact on numerous occasions for no apparent reason. Maybe because I am an African American college student that drives a 2004 black Honda or maybe I look and fit the description of a young African American female that sells drugs in the community. Whatever the reason may be I do not appreciate being interrogated by your officers at not probable cause.

The most recent experienced happened on October 25, 2006. I was parked at my friends house, ready to exit my car, while office Perez blocked my car and began to ask me questions that were so inappropriate and uncalled for. He told me he could take me to jail for not wearing my glasses, mind you I was parked and getting ready to exit my car, when I saw him approach my window. He later asked me if the vehicle I was driving belonged to me and made smart remarks to my friend as she was getting in my car.

I find all this to be out of line. This is not the first time I had to go through this with one of your undercover officers. Their conduct is not appropriate and definitely it is not professional. I am asking that you take this matter seriously and speak to the officers in your department because the next step in this matter will be a civil law suit. I will also be forwarding this letter to the NAACP, Internal Affairs, The Police Complaint Center and the local news department. I also have a petition in progress.

Sincerely,

Stephanie St. Cloud

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15. Censure Officers of the Utah Republican and Salt Lake County Republican Parties

July 12, 2006

Petition to censure officers and leaders of the Utah Republican and Salt Lake County Republican Parties.

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16. Stop complicity to murder in Ohio

The case I have asked you to view is not about invoking sympathy for convicted inmates. This is about truth and real justice. Even the convicted deserve this.

See the website with details, and with, affidavits from inmates and correctional officers alike.

http://complicitytocommitmurder.blogspot.com/

What this is about, is to show the truth and show what has happened in the State of Ohio's Prison System, and it continues to happen not only in Ohio but ALL over the US.

People are sent to prison for various crimes, no one is denying that crime should be punished. Sometimes severely!! No one is questioning that. What we are questioning is what happens AFTER the courts send someone to prison in Ohio.

Timothy Hancock was in prison already, that is true. We are not hiding why he was in prison or any of those facts. You can see the details in the site above. Everything in this case is out in the open. Can The State of Ohio say the same thing?

Jason Wagner was also in prison. Sentenced to many years in prison for a particularly vile and horrible crime. That is NOT the point!! Jason Wagner should have been kept apart from other inmates. He should have been in protective custody. No ands, ifs or buts. That is where he should have been. Courts sentenced him and that should have been enough. Correctional Officers had no right to decide otherwise. But they did.

Sentences are handed out by Judges not by Correctional Officers. Their job is to keep a prison secure and safe for inmates and staff alike. This did not happen in the Timothy Hancock and Jason Wagner cases. Correctional Officers dispensed their own "justice" and used Tim Hancock to do so, knowing fine well his objections and his problems. They didn't care. They "escaped" punishment while setting up another inmate. Correctional Institutions are supposed to be where prisoners are held safely and securely.

Prison guards cannot be allowed to be judge, jury and executioner.
Yet they where allowed to do so in this case. Why? Why do these guards and the State of Ohio go unpunished? Why do these officers and their superiors think they are above the law?

Read for yourself and write letters to Attorney General Petro and Governor Bob Taft. Send letters, emails, and faxes to the people below. This was not justice. How could it be? This was a misuse of power and those involved in this should be held accountable.

Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro State Office Tower
30 E. Broad Street
17th FloorColumbus, OH
43215-3428
(614) 466-4320

contact form for Attorney General http://www.ag.state.oh.us/contact/contact.htm

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U.S. CONGRESS

Senator Mike Dewine
600 E. Superior Avenue #2450 Cleveland, OH 44114
216-522-7272 http://dewine.senate.gov/request_form.htm

Senator George Voinovich
1240 E. 9th Street #2955 Cleveland, OH 44199
216-522-7095 http://voinovich.senate.gov/contact/index.htm

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OHIO GOVERNOR

Governor Bob Taft
30th Floor
77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117
614-466-3555 http://governor.ohio.gov/contactinfopage.asp

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Look up your State of Ohio Representative(s):

http://www.house.state.oh.us/jsps/Representatives.jsp

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Look up your State of Ohio Senator:

http://www.senate.state.oh.us/senators/

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17. Termination, Prosecution and Conviction of Responsible Individual(s) of Zania's Cruelty

October 31, 2005

Mauled dog faces death after being left untreated at Lebanon Animal Control Shelter.

Seeking termination, prosecution and conviction of Josh Greer and individual(s) responsible for animal cruelty and abuse of Zania.

Zania, a 4-year-old black Labrador retriever, was a playmate to a 4-year-old boy living in Mt. Juliet. She was picked up Friday, October 14, 2005, for running loose and placed in the Lebanon Animal Control facility because Mt. Juliet has no facility of its own. Zania was placed in a pen on Saturday with three other dogs, who for several hours, continuously attacked her until she was found lying in a pool of blood Sunday afternoon.

Zania was removed from the pen, hosed off (to wash off all the blood), and left outside on the concrete floor. She lay on the cold (50 degrees), wet concrete until an anonymous phone call was made to the Director of the Humane Association of Wilson County, a nonprofit, private agency with no ties to Lebanon Animal Control.

The dog was lying apparently lifeless on the concrete floor inside a chain link fenced enclosure when the Director arrived. She discovered the dog was still alive and called the Police Department, who came with an animal control officer 30 minutes later. After another 30 minute delay, they took the dog to the Lebanon Animal Hospital. The Director confirmed with the animal control officer that Zania was a healthy dog when she was picked up. The animal control officers also confirmed they were aware Zania had been injured earlier by the other dogs, but had made the decision to let her recover on her own.

Dr. Craig, the attending veterinarian, verified Zania was in shock, had a subnormal temperature, blood loss and would not have survived over night if she had been left untreated at the animal control facility. Details of his report and pictures of Zania can be seen at:
http://www.oilydog.org/lab.htm. There is also another article at:
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051020/NEWS01/510200410/1192/COUNTY.

When the story first came to light, Zania was facing leg amputation. Now, she is facing death because of the cruelty inflicted by Josh Greer.

According to Tennessee Code, Title 39 Criminal Offenses, Chapter 14 Offenses Against Property Part 2-Animals, under Section 39-14-202, Cruelty to animals:
(2) Fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in the person's custody;
(3) Abandons unreasonably an animal in the person's custody; and
(4) Transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner can be found committing an offense under this section and is a Class A misdemeanor.

In addition, 39-14-212 Aggravated cruelty to animals - (a) A person commits aggravated cruelty to animals when, with aggravated cruelty and with no justifiable purpose, such person intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal. Under this section, as of June, 2004, offenses carry felony level penalties. We believe these codes have been violated.

It is not acceptable or humane to place dogs with unknown histories in cages together especially with breeds known for fighting. Zania was denied shelter with no protection from the elements as she lay dying, compassion in her handling while in Josh Greer's and other animal control officers care, protection when she was locked and confined in a pen with a breed of animals known to fight with no means of escape or protection, and immediate vet care as she lay in critical condition. She was confined and abandoned in a cruel manner that now threatens her life.

Zania has suffered enough. Our prayers and thoughts are with Zania and her family. We respectfully ask that you act on behalf of Zania and other animals who have found themselves in similar situations to put a stop to the cruelty and abuse that exists at Lebanon Animal Control. Josh Greer and those individual(s) responsible for Zania's cruelty and abuse must be terminated. No justifiable purpose can be found in the reckless, cruel, and abusive manner in which the animal conrol officers behaved in the care, handling and decision making for Zania. We therefore petition that they be prosecuted and convicted to the fullest extent of the law.

On behalf of Zania and all animals, we thank you.

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18. Oust PAPD Officers Michael Kan and Craig Lee

On July 13, 2003, at 10:34 p.m., Palo
Alto Police Department (PAPD) rookie
Craig Lee drove his police car up to
59-year-old Albert Hopkins, who was
sitting in his parked car on Oxford
Avenue near the intersection of the El
Camino Real in Palo Alto. Lee asked
Mr. Hopkins for identification. Mr.
Hopkins did not initially give his
name, but later confirmed his identity
and his Palo Alto address.

When PAPD rookie Michael Kan stopped
his police car nearby, Lee spoke to
Kan. Kan walked over and ordered Mr.
Hopkins out of his car, and tried to
pull him out. Kan and Lee repeatedly
hit Mr. Hopkins with their batons,
while Mr. Hopkins tried to ward off
blows. Kan and Lee also doused him
extensively with pepper spray. Mr.
Hopkins was overcome, temporarily
blinded, handcuffed, and transported
to the hospital where he was treated
for body injuries, and a swelling near
his eye.

PAPD launched an immediate
investigation, which culminated in Kan
and Lee being charged with felony
assault and misdemeanor battery by a
Peace Officer. During the criminal
trial, all of the senior officers
that arrived on the scene that night
testified that they were concerned
that Kan and Lee could not provide a
reason for arresting Mr. Hopkins, and
so there seemed to be no justification
for use of force.

Presented with a strong case against
the two rookies, 8 jurors were certain
Kan and Lee were guilty: a 2-1 margin
favoring conviction. Despite all this,
Kan and Lee are being returned to
their jobs (after a plea deal let them
off with a mere $250 fine), and we are
told: "it's time to put it to rest and
move on".

We say there can be no rest until our
leaders realize it's time for Kan and
Lee to move on.

This petition arises not from malice
but the desire to safeguard the
community, as we strongly believe:

1. They are not fit for the job. As a
result of their beating of Albert
Hopkins on July 13 2003, and despite
the shocking deal that drastically
reduced the charges, the fact remains
that Officers Kan and Lee each pleaded
'no contest' to a criminal charge of
an act of illegal public violence
while on duty.

Yet, we have not seen Officers Kan and
Lee publicly take responsibility for
their misconduct. Instead, their court
testimony blamed the victim of their
criminal violence - who was not
arrested for any crime - while
belittling the response of their
supervisors that night. Does this
behavior reflect the discipline and
respect for the law that is
fundamentally required of law
enforcement officers? Or does it
indicate a profound employment
mismatch - that cannot be overcome
with any amount of retraining?

2. They cannot serve the interests of
the Palo Alto community. As reflected
in our budget, the safety of the
community is Palo Alto's highest
priority. As the locus of Silicon
Valley and home of Stanford
University, Palo Alto's community
includes guests welcomed from around
the world, that expect and are
entitled to the universal human right
and Constitutional protection) of
freedom from arbitrary arrest or
detention and unreasonable use of
force.

Given its profound authority, our
police force must not include those
who trample the rights of those they
serve, while rejecting the good
judgment of those they serve under.

3. Continuing their employment poses
unacceptable risks. Studies on police
misconduct, such as the Christopher
Commission report (an examination of
LAPD four months after the King
beating), have found that the heart of
the problem is failure to act upon the
few officers using excessive force.
Those officers frequently then go on
to become repeat offenders, who are
responsible for many of the cases that
cost the city in civil suits.

Palo Alto has already paid a $250,000
settlement for Kan and Lee's use of
force. How much would a jury penalize
the city in the next claim that may
result from their use of force, given
that the city was aware of the risk
and chose to ignore it? With budget
revenue rapidly shrinking, how are
such expenses justified?

Therefore, we call on the City Manager
to immediately take this step toward
freeing Palo Alto from the risks and
stigma of brutal injustice that we
believe Officers Kan and Lee's tenure
here has brought us, and begin
restoring Palo Alto as a community
united in its concern for public
safety and human rights.

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19. Sportsman For "Code of ethics Policy" in Tennessee

PETITION FOR A "CODE OF ETHICS" POLICY FOR TWRA WILD LIFE OFFICERS

Whereas: We, the Undersigned , do hereby agree in principle to the context of the need for a "Code of Ethics" policy in Tenn. Regarding TWRA's Wild Life Officers. The intent of this petition is to help restore credibility to the Wild Life agency's Officers and to help eliminate what we the undersigned have witnessed or believe to be wide spread "questionable activities" or "UnEthical Practices" on the part of some TWRA Wild Life officers in Tennessee, especially in Western Counties.

We, the undersigned, present this Petition to you, our State's Legislatures, in a effort to bring the issue of this on-going problem to your attention. We also are providing some specific examples of what those problems and issues are which hopefully will persuade and encourage you to support this need for creation and passage of legislation requiring the TWRA to adopt and enforce a clear and simple "Code of Ethics Policy" for the Agency's Wild Life Officers.

We, the undersigned believe Tennessee needs a basic "Code of Ethics Policy", one that will help restore credibility and respect to the Wild Life Officer Positions in our Counties and across the Great State of Tennessee. We believe before that goal can be accomplished, Tennessee must adopt legislation that will govern and control these TWRA officers similarly to those policy's we find on the Books of most other States across America. We are including the State of Texas Code of Ethics Policy which we believe is the best example Tennessee should model it's policy after.

1.Statement of Fact: Due to the apparent absence of any "Code of Ethics" Policy for TWRA Wild Life Officers in Tennessee, We, the Undersigned, have either experienced first hand impacts or have direct or indirect knowledge of facts that suggest such unethical behavior and activities as listed in this petition exist today within the TWR Agency and are routinely practiced by some TWRA Officers across the State of Tennessee. We agree with the principle and intent contained within this Petition.

By signing on to this petition, we encourage you to introduce or support passage of legislation which will adopt a "Code of Ethics" Policy in Tennessee similar to those found in most other States. We believe this legislation will go a long way toward restoring some of the credibility and respect to the Position of Wild Life Officer in the State of Tennessee.

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"Code of Ethics Policy"
PART I. STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST

We believe the Tenn. Legislature should adopt or insist the TWRC adopt the following type Ethics standards.
Wild Life Officers and Other Similar State employees In Tennessee should not be permitted to:

1. Accept or solicit: Gift's, favor's, special prevelidges not available to the private citizens or any other services or benifits that might reasonably tend to influence or buy favor with the officer or employee, including the possible discharge of certain official duties, regardless if the officer or employee knows it's being offered with the intent to influence his or her official conduct or duties;

2. Accept other employment, special previdledges, part time work or engage in a business or professional activity that the officer or employee might reasonably expect would require or induce the officer or employee to disclose confidential information acquired by reason of the official position they hold;

3. Accept other employment, special previdledges, part time work or compensation that could reasonably be expected to impair or compromise the officer's or employee's independence of judgment in the performance of the officer's or employee's official or normal duties;

4. Make personal investments, conduct business or provide services that could reasonably be expected to create a "Conflict of interest" between the officer's or employee's personal or private interest and the public's interest.

5. To intentionally or knowingly solicit, accept, or agree to accept any benefit or any special prevlidges for exercising or providing any service in favor of one individual over another.

PART II. ACCEPTANCE OF GRATUITIES

The States "Code of Ethics" Policy should prohibit all public servants from accepting certain gifts or benefits that could be considered as Bribery, Honoraria ,gratuity or Special favors and violations of which should carry some form of criminal penalty or disciplinary action, up to separation of employment.

Bribery: As public servants they shall be considered committing the offense of bribery if they shall solicit, offer, or accept a "benefit" in exchange for their decision, opinion, recommendation, vote, or other exercises of official discretion that normally would be considered
"unethical" or inappropriate.
Common sense should tell them if something is a bribe or of such nature as those described and If they are not sure one way or the other, the basic policy shall be, If it's not equally available to the general Public, "don't take it or don't do it".

Honoraria: You may not solicit, agree to accept, or accept an honorarium in consideration for services you would not have been asked to provide the general public as part of your official position. Thus, for example, you shall not patrol (unless Property is marked and posted in accordance with Tenn. State Standards for written permission requirements or manage properties (Hunting or fishing rights)for anyone. another example is; you may not take a speaker's fee for speaking if your position with the state is one of the reasons you were asked to speak. If a state officer or the executive head of an agency accepts food, transportation, or lodging under these circumstances, the officer must report it as Part of the annual personal financial statement. (A travel regulation provides that a state employee may not accept money for a travel expense reimbursement from a person that the
employee's employing state agency intends to audit, examine, or investigate or is auditing, examining, or investigating.
*If it's anything that normally would be considered "unethical" or "inappropriate", Common sense should tell the officers not to do it or accept it when they are not sure one way or the other, the policy is: "don't take it or don't do it".

Special favors and Gifts:
Most public servants are subject to one or more prohibitions on the acceptance of "Gifts or Benefits" from persons subject to them in their jurisdiction. For example, a Wild Life Officer in the TWR Agency who performs regulatory functions or conducts inspections or investigations should not be permitted to accept gifts or special benefits and favors from any person whom that Wild Life Officer "knows to be subject to regulations, inspections or investigations by him or his agency.

(a). Similarly, a TWRA Officer who "exercises discretion in connection with contracts, purchases, payments, claims, or other pecuniary transactions" of the agency may not accept a gift, benefit or special favor from a person the Officer knows is interested in or likely to become interested in such a
transaction.

d) These prohibitions should apply regardless of whether the donor or provider is asking for something in return or not..

The statutory definition of "benefits and special favors" are anything reasonably regarded as pecuniary gains or pecuniary advantages. The Code of Ethics Policy should contain, but not be limited to , the following gifts as being considered to be "benefits" or "special favors" and they should be required disclosures as Part of the officers or employee's annual personal financial statements:
* Gifts or Gift Certificates with a value of $ 25. Or greater, to include but not be limited to, hotel rooms/lodging expenses, hunting or fishing trips, Leasing of Hunting or Fishing rights for personal use, monetary gain or to be used in a way that circumvents state law requiring Property owners involvement in the legal process, acceptance of sporting event tickets, rifles, shotguns or handguns for personal use or for possible monetary gain, all of which shall be considered "benefits" or
"Special Favors" when they involve the possibility of an exchange for services or special privileges
where Wild Life Officers are involved.

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20. Protect the rights of parolees/citizens against excessive harrassment by Carson Ca. Sheriffs Dept.

THERE IS AN ON GOING HARASSMENT TAKING PLACE BY THE CARSON CA. SHERIFFS DEPT. AGAINST RECENT PAROLEES / CITIZENS.

EXCESSIVE CONTACT WITH NO PROBABLE CAUSE, FOR PULLING OVER, STOPPING THEM ON THE STREETS CALLING THEM OUT OF THEIR FRONT YARDS, AND EXCESSIVE DRIVING BYE THEIR RESIDENCES AND SHINNING SPOT LIGHTS THROUGH THE RESIDENCE WINDOWS AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT.

THEY HARRASS, CUFF AND DETAIN CITIZENS/AND RECENT PAROLEES OF THE CARSON/DOMINGUEZ AREAS ON A REGULAR BASIS WHEN THEY ARE ENGAGED IN NORMAL DAILY ACTIVITIES THEREFORE MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR CITIZENS/PAROLEES TO CARRY ON THEIR DAILY ROUTINES WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING DETAINED/CUFFED OR HARRASSED BY THE OFFICERS OF THE CARSON CA. SHERIFFS DEPT.

MANY RECENT PAROLEES HAVE NOT EVEN LASTED ON THE STREETS A WHOLE MONTH WITHOUT BEING ARRESTED ON CHARGES THAT NEVER HOLD UP IN COURT BUT NON THE LESS THEY HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKING THEM IN VIOLATION OF THERE PAROLE,THEREFORE SENDING THEM BACK TO JAIL TO SERVE TIME FOR THAT. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS LAW WAS QUITE SET UP THIS WAY AND FEEL AS THOUGH THERE IS A VIOLATION IN THE USE OF THIS LAW.

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21. UNFAIR UNION ELECTIONS

While researching the qualifications for running for office, I came about a letter from the International Secretary. This letter stated that Article VII, Section 8 (number of meetings) was taken to court and they went against this rule. Therefore, we demand new nominations of officers which do not deprive any member of their right guaranteed by federal law to run for Union office.

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22. Demand for action against Tennessee police officer who shot family dog

Demand for action against officer or officers who shot a family dog in Cookeville, TN during a traffic stop. Please see the cnn link for details.

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23. Investigate Sand Springs Police Corruption

This petition is to request investigations on the misconduct of Police Officers in the Sand Springs Police Department. Several Police Officers are harassing, assaulting, stealing and conducting many other actions of misconduct. This petition will request an investigation into the actions of Police Officers in Sand Springs. It is time to clean the system, so that the Sand Springs citizens are being served by honest, law conducting, and professional Police Officers. Thank you for your concern and support.

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24. Replace Police with Volunteers in the USA

We as a community dislike the fact that state and federal officers use laws to hurt or provoke hatred towards minorities and certain individuals or groups of people that have been in situations similar to the Rodney King beatings. Our privacy matters. Our government needs to get back to the way things once were. Bring peace back into America again. By acquiring all volunteers for "Police in Action," we can eliminate the need for force used by police officers.

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25. Young Offenders Act

Accused has long record
Linked to gang rape when only 11

By TOM GODFREY -- Toronto Sun

A 17-year-old male charged in the shooting death of Chemere Roache has been in and out of youth court since he was 11 for various offences including rape, armed robbery, auto theft and weapons offences.

The youth now faces second-degree murder and attempted murder charges in connection with Wednesday's shooting outside a Rexdale nightclub that left Roache, 18, dead and her boyfriend injured.

A second suspect in the shootings, Christopher St. George Clarke, 24, surrendered to police on Thursday. Officers intensified their search yesterday in the Jane St.-Finch Ave. area for two other suspects, Matthew Chiemaka Weir, 21, and Devon Ramdeen, 24.

Police said the 17-year-old North York youth, who lives with his single mother and older brother, has a long rap sheet.

"It was only a matter of time before we got him again," an officer said yesterday.

The youth was implicated after three other minors were charged several years ago with gang-raping a 13-year-old girl on her way home from school. But he was never charged because of his age.

A provincial court judge said the boy, who removed the jeans of the Grade 7 student and had sex with her in a bedroom, was the group's ringleader.

Police said the boy taunted officers that he couldn't be arrested because he was under the age of 12, and couldn't be charged under the Young Offenders Act.

"He was arrogant, self-confident. He knew he had us," an officer said at the time. "He was fully aware of his rights. He was using the YOA to protect himself from the law."

The judge who presided over the trial of the three youths in the rape case said he wasn't impressed with the boy's testimony.

"He was a complete liar in giving evidence," the judge said.

"The only thing I believe from what he gave us was his name, address and date of birth."

The boy was ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment and serve three months in a juvenile home. He was placed in temporary custody of the Children's Aid Society.

"He will be back," an officer whispered in court after sentencing. "It's only a matter of time before he kills someone."

Roache's mom Carol said she was concerned by the youth's constant run-ins with the law.

"He was always getting into trouble from the time he was small," she said yesterday from her Etobicoke home. "But to bring it this far that someone has to die, there's no words for me to say. I'm just shocked."

Roache said her daughter's funeral will be held either next week or on Easter Monday.

Det.-Sgt. Craig Sanson said yesterday more than 10 shots were fired in the hail of gunfire. He said the shooting was sparked by a minor disagreement at the Apollo nightclub between Roache and four men.

"It wasn't much of an argument," Sanson said. "It was a relatively small incident."

Meanwhile, Clarke appeared for a bail hearing at 361 University Ave. court yesterday. He has also been charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.

Clarke sat sullen looking in the prisoner's box, dressed in a baggy sky blue FUBU jacket over a grey hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

He was remanded in custody until April 24.

-- With files from Jonathan Kingstone and Philip Lee-Shanok

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26. Reconsideration of Reorganization of the Richardson Police Department, Richardson, TX

The Richardson Police Department has, in conjunction with the Richardson City Council and the City Manager, proposed a full reorganization of the police department. The reorganization will eliminate almost all positions of the Investigations division and place officers that vacated these positions in the Patrol division. The Crime Prevention division would also be eliminated. The result of these moves would force a patrol officer in a given area to handle all aspects of law enforcement from report writing for an offense to investigating the offense (which almost always entails interviewing victims and witnesses, let alone searching for perpetrators of the offense). The patrol officer would also be responsible for preventing crime in the respective area.

We, as concerned Richardson citizens, feel that the patrol officers would be unable to efficiently manage all of the aforementioned duties. We ask that the City Council take a step back and reconsider this reorganization, taking into account all of the views and concerns that have been voiced since this plan had been initially considered.

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27. HONOR BOUND Americans POW

The torturing of American servicemen by Fidel Castro's officers in Vietnam. The charge is amost serious one because it appears in HONOR BOUND:American POW in Southeast Asia-1961-1973, a book released by the Naval Institute Press in Annapolis, Maryland. According to the chapter, "The Zoo,1967-1969: The Cuban Program & Atrocities, "Americans were tortured by Castro's thugs, sometimes to death. Senator John McCain, in his book, Faith of my Fathers, confirms this atrocities.
Castro's torturing of Americans was not an accident. To this day, Nazi war crimes are investigated by the US Dept of Justice. Wy no this one?

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28. Help Renee Boje gain refugee status!

I am writing to you on behalf of an amazing woman called named Renee Boje, who has made a rare application for refugee status, stating she fears she will suffer cruel and unusual punishment for her alleged involvement in a medical cannabis garden in California where medical cannabis is legal. If convicted, Boje's punishment will be a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in a U.S. Federal Prison Boje was held for 72 hours at the Federal Corrections Facility for Women in downtown Los Angeles, during which time she was strip searched an astounding 15 times. Two of the searches were done in the presence of male officers who made lewd and threatening remarks.

Boje strongly denies any wrong-doing. The cannabis was grown for medical research under the protection of a California State law, Proposition 215. Proposition 215 ensures that patients and their primary caregivers, residing in California, who cultivate, obtain, and use cannabis medicinally, upon the recommendation of a physician, are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction.

Boje risks further physical abuse and humiliation at the hands of U.S. authorities.

Please do not allow the U.S. to extradite Renee. We are asking that Renee be granted Refugee Status so that she is able to live in peace, here in Canada, where she is safe.

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29. Put an end to Police Brutality

Our police try to do a good job. But sometimes they over step the mark. United States police have had a history of brutality and use of excessive force. It is up to the community to guide their police and let them know that it's not needed.

Shouldn't we let the courts decide firstly guilt and secondly punishment. We need to let governments and police agencies that the community says it is NOT OK for police to take the law into their own hands. Please sign this petition.

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