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Please sign this Petition to Bring Justice In Pittsburgh for 2 Black Men Shot by Police

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From Jasiri X's petition To: Pittsburgh City Officials

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Fire the Corrupt Cop Who Heads Pittsburgh's Police Union

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Two African American men were shot by the police, and a grand jury investigation just affirmed that the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President, Officer Robert Swartzwelder, deliberately covered it up.

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Pittsburgh police officers shot and killed 57-year-old Christopher Mark Thompkins in his own home, and in 2018, 20-year-old Christopher Howard was shot and wounded by police and sentenced to prison.

According to an Allegheny County grand jury investigation, Officer Swartzwelder, intentionally withheld information and attempted to block investigators, although nothing at all has been done to reprimand Officer Swartzwelder for his attempt to pervert and to subvert the course of justice.

Activists need your help to put a spotlight on the lengths to which police unions around the country will go to keep officers from being held accountable for taking African American lives. By bringing more and more attention to Swartzwelder's corrupt actions, it might be possible to bring about his being fired, and thereby we might set a new standard for police accountability across the United States.

According to the grand jury's report, Swartzwelder acted with, "deliberate malfeasance," and "utter disregard," for the policies and ethical standards of the Police Bureau following the 2017 shootings of both Thompkins and Howard.

Swartzwelder prevented investigators from gathering needed evidence, which led to an "appearance of impropriety" and an apparent cover-up.

All of which Swartzwelder arranged -- as he abused his overseeing power to obstruct each stage of the investigation. As a result, the command staff from the city police acquiesced to Swartzwelder's demands and implemented no longstanding policies for future investigations. No one with authority over Swartzwelder told him to stop.

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While the grand jury has recommended a series of actions for the Pittsburgh police to follow, including bringing in Allegheny County police to further investigate officer-involved shootings, this is not enough.

According to Pittsburgh's own Mayor Bill Peduto: "Any time the supervising detectives from the district attorney's office could have intervened to stop the FOP president's interference at the scenes but did not do so."

Not punishing Swartzwelder is tantamount to admitting that a culture of corruption and violence exists inside the Pittsburgh Police Department unabated.

Demand Swartzwelder is held accountable for his actions -- Together we can set a precedent for holding the police accountable for their violence against Black communities.

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Certainly, since Civil Rights are at the core of this and many other related killings of African Americans, as a matter of the next possible remedy, these matters should be presented to a Federal Grand Jury for the inherent civil rights violations.



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One day one person, then another, then perhaps several people will become fed up with police executions of people and retaliate. That could put a chill on get off scott free murdering police bullshit.

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Thanks very much for your comment, Shad.


In the meantime, for such cases that don't get anything but injustice and intransigence at lower levels like county courts and district courts, the impetus has to shift to FEDERAL courts, on the Civil Rights violations which of course are at the very heart of this murderous mayhem, which has in fact gone on for centuries.


Trigger happy cops who know they can get away with killing someone are no different than lynchers, and yes, it is murder, not manslaughter.


I have been considering how to write about one of the most egregious locales for this which is Sacramento. Thank goodness, Shaun King is all over this in every state, but the crackers need to speak up too.


Although it probably shot his chances to win the Texas Senate race against Cruz, Beto was absolutely right on to talk about Jim Crow and the cops in Texas. (I am still supporting Bernie above all others, by the way).




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That's how the Black Panthers were born, isn't it?

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