|Home | Bookmark | Tell||Active petitions in over 75 countries||Follow GoPetition|
Petition Tag - police
The mayor's proposed budget would include $700,000 in one-time "bridge funding" to allow for the bureau to reduce its strength through attrition, and not by laying off the bureau's most recent, more diverse hires.
The mounted patrol unit now consists of six full-time officers, one sergeant, two stable attendants and one horse trainer and costs about $1.2 million. The city budget office recommended it be eliminated "in light of current fiscal constraints,'' the office analysis said.
Over two years ago, YouTube, under pressure from lawmakers and the music industry created a "copyright school" and released a video along with it.
Jodie Griffin of Public Knowledge writes that those YouTube users who are "alleged to have violated copyright law must watch a video discussing some of the basics on copyright law...pass a quiz or risk having their account deleted" and the "school" is one-sided as "users accused of infringing copyright must take the course, but copyright owners accused of making false or fraudulent infringement claims don't." (http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/my-first-day-youtube-copyright-school) Additionally, Raymond J. Dowd writes on his blog that the video doesn't "mention the public domain...[and] is indoctrinating children into fear of quoting materials by authors living and dead by showing images of corporal punishment meted out by judges."
Additionally, Dowd notes that "YouTube's video doesn't mention copyright law's grounding in the US Constitution, nor the purpose of copyright law." (http://copyrightlitigation.blogspot.com/2011/04/fair-use-fridays-youtube-flunks.html) Let us unite together and stop this copyright school.
The Liberia National Police (LNP), acting on behalf of the Government of Liberia, arrested journalist Darlington C. Pelenah on July 29, 2012 and charged him, along with Benjamin Bokie Gbar and William Randolph, with the crimes of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The three were charged based on a complaint by an alleged victim Weeks Thomas that he and two others were held at gun point by the defendants and robbed of US$17,000.00. Weeks Thomas reported that one of his boys, Edwin Thomas was shot in the head by journalist Pelenah on the night of the alleged armed robbery.
Journalist Pelenah and the others were subsequently indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts and have been in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison since their arrest in July 2012.
Since the arrest and detention of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants, their trial has been suspended and postponed several times on flimsy excuses. Many people, including media practitioners, the defendants, and family members believe the repeated suspension and postponement of the trial is a deliberate violation of the right of the defendants to a fair and speedy trial in keeping with due process of law.
The action by the state puts the lives of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants at risk, as armed robbery is a capital office punishable by life imprisonment or death based on its degree.
Journalist Pelenah, Benjamin Bokie Gbar, and William Randolph are now in prolonged detention, crying out for freedom and justice.
Every single document and statement that the police and prosecution have issued so far in relation to the case lacks consistency, relevance and reliability. None of the defendants was arrested on the alleged crime scene. There are no forensic reports or on-the-scene photographs linking the defendants to the commission of the crimes for which they’ve been charged.
Accounts by the alleged victims, which formed the basis for the charges brought against journalist Pelenah and co-defendants, have also been grossly inconsistent.
Since journalist Pelenah’s arrest in July, 2012, the Government of Liberia has had many opportunities to prove its case beyond every reasonable doubt but have failed miserably. The government has employed every known legal trick to delay his trial, ranging from unexplainable postponement and suspension to disbandment of trial jury. By so doing, the Government of Liberia continues to deny him the right to a fair and speedy trial in keeping with due process of law.
Journalist Pelenah and co-defendants have all denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime. And, from all indications, the Government of Liberia does not have a case against and will go to great length to apply every known legal trick to delay their trial and keep them in detention for the rest of their lives.
As the government continues to fail to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt, we request the unconditional release of journalist Pelenah and co-defendants.
Please help petition for a new police station to cover the areas of Morningside, East English Village, and Morningside. I am Scott A. Hastings, who moved to Morningside 25 years ago from Farmington Hills to live in a diverse, racially mixed, middle-class neighborhood.
Unfortunately foreclosures have devastated our neighborhoods. The 48224 zip code – MORNINGSIDE – has been the hardest hit in the United States declining property values up to 99%. Driving through Morningside, East English Village, and Cornerstone, nobody would imagine that areas in Metro Detroit have a housing shortage.
A police station would stabilize the neighborhoods, increase property values, and repopulate our area. Some say we cannot afford a new police station or more police officers, but it is obvious we cannot afford NOT to have them.
A police station would stabilize the neighborhood and stop crime. In twenty-five years of living in Morningside my exterior doors have been stolen, my copper piping has been taken, my built-in mail boxes have been ripped from their brick foundation and I have been held and gun point… (My friends have advised me to move for many years, but my eternal optimism and efforts to help have always trumped that issue).
For these reasons many contractors have stopped restoring homes, realtors cannot put signs in front of homes or hold open houses, and banks have stopped lending to buyers.
A police station would increase property values by giving residents a sense of safety and stop the blight. My property value is 90% less than the insurance replacement cost. The replacement cost is $410,000 and the property value is $41,000; these numbers are appalling… I think it is shocking that an 850 sq. ft. Wood frame home on a slab in Royal Oak is selling for near $100,000 while a 1,850 sq. ft. Brick Tudor in our area with a basement is selling for $1,000 and others are torn down. Many of the homes are selling for less than they did 80 years ago at the time of their construction. The reason is crime, Detroit residents have complained for decades…
A police station would greatly help to repopulate this devastated area. The main reason people have left and plan to leave is the lack of police officers and police enforcement. The nearest police station in Detroit is 10 miles from my home. The police officers are working 12 hour shifts and cannot keep up with 911 calls. If there were enough officers police response time would be minutes rather than hours, officers could constantly walk the neighborhoods like in Washington D. C., New York, and other major cities and quality of life would improve. More officers would drastically reduce crime, encouraging middle-class families to move back and build large brick homes once again.
Please help make a new police station in our area a reality by signing a petition.
In February 2013, a group of Nepalese policemen brutally killed a dog who had bitten a number of people, using a gun and bamboo sticks. Despite the fact that humane solutions like Animal Birth Control/Anti Rabies have been introduced in Nepal a decade ago, authorities continue to kill dogs inhumanely using strychnine poison, guns or sticks.
A video of the cruel killing can be viewed here:
Our boy got serious injury in car accident close to Sochi, Russia. Drunk driver Prikhodko called his friend policeman Panarin and he falsificated all the case, lokal judges did not punish driver. Insted Panarin became a head of local Road Police and Sochi is gone to become a capital of Olympic Winter Games 2014.
So finally we knew that all these bandits are supported by Mr.Grin, vice Prokuror of Russia who is on the Magnitsky list. And many other members of list invest in the Sochi olimpiade. So this sport event is unsafe for international sportsmen and visitors, controlled by mafia and should be cancelled!
Stop blaming the NRA and blaming the responsible gun holders... stop trying to take our second amendment constitutional rights away.
Deputize all willing school teachers and staff, training them in proper defensive handgun procedures. Run them through a course at the local sheriff or police station.
Add a volunteer police station/office in every school.
The Australian public are sick of seeing police kill people with the use of unnecessary force and violence. In recent years the Australian Police have killed at least 5 people with tasers alone.
In the U.S.A police have killed over 500 people with the use of tasers. The United Nations Committee Against Torture said in 2007 that “TASER electronic stun guns are a form of torture that can kill”. Police already have a great array of weapons at their disposal, and another, more deadly weapon in unsafe hands is a recipe for disaster.
This petition has been started with an aim to remove all tasers from Australian police forces and to encourage retraining with less violent, less lethal methods.
Tasers cause unnecessary deaths and wounding that can easily be avoided. Help remove these dangerous weapons from Australian streets in all forms.
On June 16th, 2012, The canadian government passed the omnibus budget bill, which allows U.S. law enforcement officers to come across the border and arrest canadians. This is not right. As a canadian, I feel that with this bill passed, civil rights will be breached and our very sovereignty in danger.
Furthermore, the Government of Canada did not take in the opinions of the people, who for the most part are infuriated with this bill. Although I do believe that criminals crossing borders to escape U.S. authority is a problem, those criminals are CANADIAN citizens and should be handled by CANADIAN authorities.
If we allow this to pass, Canada's future will be no better than if we lost the War of 1812.
A 25-year-old pregnant woman has been killed and another female injured following a shooting incident involving a policeman in Yallahs, St Thomas.
The two women were shot during a scuffle which broke out after a policeman attempted to prosecute one of them for using indecent language.
Chavis Carter was a 21 year old black male stopped with two other white males in Jonesboro, Arkansas. When officers stopped the vehicle, they smelled marijuana. At this time Carter was handcuffed and searched TWICE! During the search, officers found a dime bag of marijuana, but are claiming to have missed a gun. Carter called his girlfriend and told her that he would call her once he got to jail.
The two other men were allowed to leave... and somewhere something went far left. Despite being left handed, handcuffed, searched two times and placed in the back seat of the car, police and Jonesboro authorities are claiming that Carter committed suicide by shooting himself with his own gun in the right side of his head. The officers on the scene claim they thought the gun shot was a piece of metal in the street that got ran over and that they found Carter's body in the back seat. Authorities have recently released a video showing how this could happen and have ruled his death a suicide.
There are so many questions that need answers...how was the gun missed during two searched? How did he manage to get the gun to shoot himself in the right side of his head, being handcuffed? Being left handed, why was he shot in the right side of his head? If he was going to commit suicide, why call his girlfriend and tell her he would be phoning her once he got to jail? How did the officers not know that that was a gun shot when it was that close to them?
Sign the petition showing Jonesboro Police that we don't believe their investigation findings and will not let the issue go. There are questions that need answers and we demand them. When is enough enough?
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.
I will be closing this petition tomorrow night after the local election.
The City of Titusville, FL is threatening employees with a 10% pay cut through furloughs and pay reduction, no pay raises, rising health costs and a reduction in 50% of their pensions. The city has paid these employees lower than average salaries for years compared to other municipalities their size in Central Florida.
These employees have been retained with a promise of decent pensions at retirement. These employees have not had pay raises in five years nor cost of living allowances, their health costs have increased and they have to pay into their own pensions. The City is willing to reduce services to the citizens of Titusville by enacting furlough days which means closing city offices for two days a month.
The city has $20M in the Water Department and over $5M in a "Rainy Day Fund" to shore up the budget but refuse to do so and want their 433 employees to shoulder the difference. Police and Fire fighters have paid 6.5% of their pay into their own pensions since 1994 and general employees pay 2.5% of their pay into their pensions.
This petition is to lobby TPAV to do more to protect its members who report inappropriate workplace behaviour, especially against senior officers including bullying and, protect those who suffer recriminations and reprisals as a result of reporting those behaviours.
Valletta is a stunning city. For years we have been waiting for it to wake up in the evenings and at night. We want to sit outside and sip a drink, talk to friends local or not, enjoy a lovely meal in our amazing capital city and go back home happy that we have done so.
We are tired of all the negativity surrounding being in Valletta no matter what time of day or night it is. We are tired of coming out the theatre or a lovely meal and find a ticket slapped to our windscreen for too many reasons to mention. We are tired of hearing, and saying, 'Valletta is impossible - let's go somewhere else'. This is OUR CAPITAL CITY and as such, it belongs to all.
We the undersigned are proposing the following:
Gwent Police have announced, without consultation, that 17 Police Stations in the Gwent Police Force area will be inaccessible by members of the public from July 2012.
Three of these Police Stations are in the Blaenau Gwent Parliamentary Constituency - Abertillery, Brynmawr and Tredegar.
Keith Lacey writes a very slanderous editorial regarding an RCMP Corporal who treated him poorly and embarrassed him just because he can. What Lacey did not account for was the RCMP cruiser having video. Now he refuses to apologize and digs himself deeper.
We need to have him canned. His attitude is bad for not only the police, but it discredits legitimate members of the Canadian media.
When interviewed Lacey first said he would be apologizing, but hours later said he would not be as what he wrote was the truth.
Update: Lacey have changed his mind yet again and authored an apology.. likely he was told to do it since he was last reported as saying he was willing to make minor changes to his editorial but would not apologize.
I still think this has damaged the Osoyoos Times too much for them to keep him.
The Save the Vermont Pigs page was created by local musician Cid Sinclair in response to the uproar created when a logo destined for state police cruisers was doctored by inmates creating the decals on work detail altered the image by changing a spot on a cow to a pig shape. The decals were placed on 30 cruisers before it was noticed. Now there is considerable outcry about the incident on both sides of the debate.
"I think the real outrage would be for the taxpayers to spend sparse funds to correct the decals. The estimate is $800. Why should the taxpayers pay another dime to fix something this frivolous? I think it's an opportunity for Vermonters to show that, even in tough times, we still have a sense of humor. I think the Governor should step in and proclaim that the pigs can stay! If people want to be upset, perhaps they should look at the folks supervising the inmates. But really, how about just accept the fact that it's just plain funny, have a chuckle and move on. Chalk it up to another twist in Vermont's quirky, lovable history. A humorous footnote to otherwise bleak times........" - Save the Vermont Pigs Founder, Cid Sinclair
Recently NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy and Assistant Commissioner Paul Carey have decided that Australian Police Officers should have a standard when it comes to visible tattoos, that is, they should be covered up. Also talks that new cadets with visible tattoos may be rejected!
By doing this, our country may miss out on many great officers, all because they chose to express themselves by getting a tattoo. This is a crazy reason to reject someone from the force!
Cops are people too, and I believe by having tattoos and expressing themselves artistically it makes them more human and more approachable. Their right to be themselves is being taken away.
LOTHIAN and Borders Police is set to lose its mounted section. The unit has been recommended for closure, with the horses transferred to Strathclyde Police as part of plans to save £52,000 a year.
The redeployment would reduce services in the community and lead to further centralisation of resources.
There is absolutely too much violence occurring at Waffle Houses throughout the Tri-City region.
After the incident that took place this morning, KPD should have taken the initiative to man the popular restaurant located on Stone Dr. However, that did not take place. Nevertheless, we are going to work together to get them on their job.
Families of Sudden / Tragic deaths are being failed by inadequate investigations! Lack of forensics, DNA, Toxicology, Photographic evidence, wounds, bruises samples etc. Police records missing, witnesses misled & manipulation by the Police Forces which are key evidence, fact!
The rights of the bereaved not being given yet this is required by Law. Along with Coroners intimidation & the I.P.C.C lack of independent monitoring, ( over 100 honest lawyers walked out because of their corruption, lies & non impartiality ).
The police failure creates a domino effect in these Sudden death investigations which then snowballs to the pathologist, coroner and returns to the I.P.C.C. as a complaint. The perverse power to protect their own is unbelievable / unforgivable.
Bereaved families should not be subject to this abuse / lack of duty of care by HM departments! The only crime that they have committed is to lose their loved one!
Imagine someone coming up and spitting in your face and not knowing if that person carried diseases such as HepB, HepC or HIV. Then the 6 month wait and numerous blood tests to confirm you haven't caught such disease.
Police are here to protect our community, and criminals think they can do what they want and the magistrates hand down soft sentences.
The Occupy Wall Street protests started a movement which spread across the country including Boston, Massachusetts. These protestors have camped out at Dewey Square for more than 45 days, harassed onlookers, closed streets, trashed public and private grounds, and have embarrassed Boston.
Other Occupy protests have been broken up by police and I think its about time BPD ends it once and for all! Other Occupy protests have had death, assault, prostitution, drugs, rape, and concealed firearms tied to it. By signing this petition you are urging the officials of the most liberal state in America to end this and care for the ones who are affected by these protests. Please Sign this petition!
Wellington has a very High crime rate, with break & enters, theft, assault and crimes associated with drugs and alcohol consumption.
We believe that increasing police numbers will reduce crime.
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.
On September 11, 2001 men and women who made committments to save life and property were put to the ultimate test. As the horror of the attacks unfolded and people scattered...hundreds and thousands of dedicated, well-trained first responders ran towards the crumbling towers to rescue and help as many victims as they could.
One victim's encounter with a fireman says it all, " 'One fireman stopped to take a breath, and we looked each other in the eye,' said Louis G. Lesce, who was on his way down from the 86th floor of 1 World Trade Center, the first tower hit. 'He was going to a place where I was damn well trying to get out of. I looked at him thinking, 'What are you doing this for?' He looked at me like he knew very well. 'This is my job.'" (http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/091101rescuers.html)
Thousands of people died that morning and 343 of them were firefighters, policemen, EMS - mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandpas, grandmas, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, lovers, best friends - men and women who committed their lives to saving the lives of others! (www.911digitalarchive.org)
Now there are a handful of politicians that have decided to refuse the honor of attendance to the dedication of the memorial at Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of the deaths of our brothers and sisters. Our time is limited to collect signatures but we must be the voices of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice! Please sign this petition to allow our first responders - our heroes - to attend this ceremony. Their sacrifice, integrity, sense of duty, and diligence are the reason that so many live to remember.
In late May 2011, members of the American Youth Movement had a booth in Sims Public park at the invitation of Sean Kline, Center for Independence, who was sponsoring a benefit to aid the challenged and to assist a young Marine corporal who lost his legs in combat.
The kids' message is anti-corporate and anti-war, but they were polite, quiet and respectful. They videotaped Mr. Kline and three city policemen approaching, demanding they leave the park because of complaints from an older veteran and corporate sponsors of the event. (See the videotape on You Tube) When the kids respectfully argued that they did nothing to justify being thrown out of a public park, the police asked for the IDs, said they were just doing their job, and that they would "trespass" the kids if they didn't leave.
In response to a complaint, the police chief after consultation with the city attorney, exonerated the police saying the kids left voluntarily, though he found no evidence to show they were creating a disturbance that would require them to be thrown out. (See articles in the Pasco Times, and New Port Richey Patch on-line.) Any reasonable person would acknowledge that the constitutional right to peacefully assemble and to petition one's government were ignored by city officials, and that no person has the right to exclude others from a big public park even if one disagrees with their message.
Rex Bellotti Junior, at the age of 15, was the victim of a disgusting injustice, committed by Albany officers of the Western Australian Police. It is amazing that he survived being run over by a WA Police 4WD, although he is now crippled for life. Rex Jr. nearly bled to death at the scene, due to a severed femoral artery, tissue was visibly ripped from his leg, and during the thirteen hour trip to provide him with the life saving surgery he so desperately needed, he had to be resuscitated twelve times and he will probably lose his leg.
That in itself is horrific enough, but what makes the Bellotti case all the more alarming is that despite the fact that four WA Police vehicles were on the scene within 90 seconds and there were at least twenty people who witnessed the crash or saw the aftermath, not one witness was interviewed until over a month later (once the media became involved). Out of all those officers present, not one can say what direction they arrived from, there are contradictions between WAPOL records of what time the 'incident' occurred, Rex Jr's location on the road, and not one of those four 2009 model police vehicles were fitted with CCTV or GPS despite that being standard WAPOL issue. The full horrid complexities of this case are appalling.
There has never been a genuine investigation, no compensation has been awarded to Rex Jr., and no criminal charges have been brought against those WA police officers driving the vehicle which hit Rex Jr. or those who have lied in legally binding documents.
The Australian Federal Police have been involved in a number of high profile prosecutions that have led to the conviction and incarceration of a number of innocent victims, including Capt. Fred Martens, Miss Jill Courtney, Dr Muhamed Haneef and the questionable rendition to Australia of the former Attorney-General of the Solomon Islands, Mr. Julian Moti QC in circumstances that can only be described as politically motivated.
Further, the AFP have exhibited questionable conduct in their dealings with the Bali Nine and Ms. Schapelle Corby. The recent trial and conviction of former AFP officer Mr Mark Standen for conspiring to import into Australia $130,000,000 of the precursor for making ice (i.e. pseudoephedrine) raises concerns of entrenched corruption within the AFP.
The murder of Australian Mr Drew Grant at the Freeport Mine in West Papua and subsequent allegations of tampering with the evidence contained within the victim’s body while in the custody of Australian authorities again points to possible corruption within Australia’s international security services, including the AFP.
The ongoing human rights abuses in West Papua being carried out by Detachment 88, which is trained and funded by the AFP, highlights the need for greater accountability within the AFP in its dealings with police and foreign security services.
The large number of refugees who died in the sinking of the SEIV X and the SIEV 221 and ongoing allegations that the AFP, through its agents, may have been involved in criminal conduct resulting in the deaths of these refugees needs to be investigated at the highest level.
Compounding these sad events are allegations from Portugal that Australian military intelligence personnel were involved in fomenting unrest in Timor-Leste, in order to further Australia’s political and commercial interests in the region. This lends weight to a suggestion that the AFP has become politicised and is being used as an instrument of terror, to pervert the rule of law, in order to further Australia’s neo-colonial interests in the region.
A number of high profile Australian citizens have been charged in controversial circumstances under Australia’s sex tourism laws and have either had their convictions quashed on appeal or are awaiting the outcome of the appeal process. The question needs to be asked as to whether these charges were brought out of a legitimate belief that a crime had been committed, or whether the AFP were acting solely to further Australia’s political and/or commercial interests in the region.
The murder of Mr Colin Winchester and the death of Ms Audrey Fagan, both senior AFP officers attached to ACT Policing (a command of the AFP) at the time of their deaths, must raise questions about why the smallest policing command in Australia has witnessed the deaths of two of its most senior officers. It is interesting to note that prior to his murder, Mr Colin Winchester was involved in investigating drug importation as part of his role with the AFP.
It’s for these reasons that I believe that it is necessary to hold a Royal Commission into the AFP.