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Police Brutality

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Started 2 days ago

Petition to Denton City Council, Police Chief Frank Dixon, Mayor Gerard Hudspeth, Denton Police Department

Immediate Resignation - DPD Officer Douglas Downing Murdered Darius Tarver

      January 21, 2020, UNT Criminal Justice Student Darius Tarver was brutalized and murdered on the sidewalk steps in the front of his apartment by a Denton Officer whose idenity has been hidden from the public for nearly a year. Following Darius' disgraceful murder, Denton City Officials, largely led by the former Mayor Chris Watts, and current head of DPD, Frank Dixon immediately conspired to facilitate a mass disinformation campaign meant to defame Darius’s legacy as a bright and aspiring student in order to reduce him to nothing less than a violent, unpredictable, and dangerous criminal.        All this to protect the reputation of officers who operated outside of protocol and with egregious disregard for Darius’ life. To this day, Officer Douglas Downing who unlawfully fired his weapon multiple times and killed Darius is still employed by Denton PD. He was never placed on leave pending an investigation. As a non-Denton resident who inflicted serious harm on our community, Officer Downing has faced zero repercussions for his actions which led to an egregious and unnecessary loss of life in our community.      Even worse, all this time, he has been protected, afforded more protection for a year than he could afford Darius in 15 minutes. While the Denton community was provided the names of four officers involved after the shooting, along with a combined portion of body cam footage, to this day, there has been no formal investigation conducted by the Denton County District Attorney’s Office, and there has yet to be a Grand Jury summoned to review the evidence. All the while, Officer Downing, the killer cop from Little Elm continues to travel to Denton daily to “protect and serve” our community.       As we approach the one-year anniversary of Darius Tarver’s execution, we owe it to Darius' memory and his family to at least ensure a renewed conversation centered on the facts so as to put a spotlight on the threat these officers pose to our community. So let's review the facts as they were presented by the Denton Police Department one year ago via the body cam footage and see if the actions of this DPD Officer can still be defended as heroic. If you think that Darius Tarver's life was worth more than Officer Downing's impatience over an aluminum frying pan, then sign this petition and demand his resignation. Quick, before he kills someone else in our community. 

DIRECT ACTION FOR A CHANGE
196 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Sam Liccardo, San Jose California, San Jose Police department, Gavin Newsom, Santa Clara County

Fire San Jose Police Officer Mike Pina - Killed Jacob Dominguez & Attacked Young Couple

In support of impacted community who have suffered police violence & murder, we demand that San Jose Police Department Officer Mike Pina be fired. The city of San Jose should change their protocol so officers like him are not rehired in our city or elsewhere. Please read the stories below of San Jose community members who’ve been directly impacted by Mike Pina’s reckless and violent behavior. Sign & share the petition below in support. #ProtectYourPeople #JusticeForJacobDominguez  On September 15, 2017, SJPD Officer Mike Pina shot and killed 33 year old father of 3 young children, Jacob Dominguez. Jacob was unarmed, did not know who was following him, and was boxed in with nowhere to go. Despite another officer calling for a less lethal weapon (flash bang), Mike Pina shot and killed Jacob within 20 seconds of stopping him. Pina’s body camera was activated after the shooting. Shortly after this incident, SJPD promoted Pina to Sergeant.  With Jacob gone, his entire family struggles with deep loss and disbelief. His mother grieves daily. They took her only son - her firstborn taken away from her in such a tragic and horrific way. Jacob’s kids lost their daddy. His wife, a full time nurse has to try and pick up the pieces to raise their babies without their rock. His sister is left trying to explain to her son that his Brodie isn’t coming back, that he’s with Jesus. Losing Jacob has had a huge impact on their entire family. The cops judged him for his past, but we will all continue to fight for his future. #JusticeForMarissa&Paea  In May of 2019, couple Marissa Santa Cruz and Paea Tukuafu were celebrating Marissa’s 22nd birthday at a hotel in San Jose, CA. They received a noise complaint (loud music) from the hotel at 8:45PM, and the couple responded by turning it down. Even after doing so, FIVE San Jose Police officers showed up and escalated it into violent interaction using batons, tasers and rubber bullets on Marissa and Paea. The couple suffered major injuries that required a trip to the hospital and spent the night in jail - with no criminal charges filed on them.   Sergeant Mike Pina was there that night directing the other officers in this violent attack - He asked if they were on parole, threatened them with jail, pulled Marissa to the ground face first, shot them with tasers, and instructed other officers to attack this young couple.   #FireSJPDOfficerMikePina Mike Pina is a dangerous and reckless officer who should not be anywhere near our communities. The city of San Jose & SJPD are complicit with this pattern of behavior and must change their protocol to not allow officers like him to continue working in our city or anywhere else - NOT promote them to sergeant like they did with Pina.  Please sign and share our petition and help us bring awareness to the victims of Mike Pina. 

Silicon Valley De-Bug
1,263 supporters