Petition to End Unnecessary Police Violence from MoveOn.org

There was little doubt the Department of Justice report on civil rights violations committed by the Ferguson Police Department would be damning. Here’s just some of what it confirmed:

Entire policing strategies were based on generating profit through fines and fees rather than keeping communities safe—and this often meant that people of color were disproportionately stopped, searched, and ticketed without cause. (1)

Residents of Ferguson were sometimes detained, searched, and even placed under arrest without any documentation—meaning oversight of police conduct was nearly impossible. (2)

Police used dogs purely to intimidate people fleeing from police—and the records available to the Department of Justice for review showed that police exclusively deployed dogs against Black residents, including a 14-year-old boy. (3)

The report confirms that the Ferguson Police Department violated the First, Fourth, and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. (4)

Will you join our allies at ColorOfChange and call on President Obama to use his executive authority to curb discriminatory and violent policing now?

Sign the petition from our friends at ColorOfChange.

The movement sparked by Michael Brown’s death continues to grow—and the release of these findings is an important moment in the years-long campaigns for police accountability and reform in Ferguson and beyond.

But the same week the Department of Justice released this damning report outlining outrageous civil rights abuses of Ferguson residents, the DOJ also failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in August.5 The failure of the DOJ to hold Officer Wilson accountable in a court of law highlights the urgent need for sweeping changes to how police operate in our communities.

The federal government could, at the direction of President Obama, significantly change the culture of police violence that puts the lives and dignity of people of color at risk. That’s why our friends at ColorOfChange, one of the most effective civil rights organizations in the country, are calling on President Obama to act.

MoveOn members have stood with our friends at ColorOfChange every step of the way in their fight for Ferguson and communities all over America. In cities from New York City to Oakland, CA, MoveOn members like you have joined marches and rallies. Members have made phone calls to demand justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other people of color killed by police violence. Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions demanding immediate action.

Will you add your name now and call on President Obama to use his executive authority to stop police violence against communities of color?

Sign the petition from ColorOfChange now.

This report from the DOJ is an important validation that communities of color decrying police violence are being heard. Now, we must stand together and demand action.

It won’t be easy—our work is just beginning.

But, together, we’ll move our country toward justice for all communities.

Thank you for all you do.

–Corinne, Joan, Alejandro, Milan, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “The 12 key highlights from the DOJ’s scathing Ferguson report,” The Washington Post, March 4, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303334&id=109508-6788053-XAMUMmx&t=3

2. “Ferguson’s Conspiracy Against Black Citizens,” The Atlantic, March 5, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303335&id=109508-6788053-XAMUMmx&t=4

3. “Here’s How Ferguson Police Use Dogs On Town Residents,” BuzzFeed News, March 4, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303336&id=109508-6788053-XAMUMmx&t=5

4. United States Department of Justice press release, Department of Justice, March 4, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303337&id=109508-6788053-XAMUMmx&t=6

5. “DOJ: Wilson won’t be charged in Ferguson fatal shooting,” USA Today, March 4, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303348&id=109508-6788053-XAMUMmx&t=7

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