White House hit with onslaught of petitions in wake of Ferguson
With chaos in Ferguson, Missouri, and images of protesters being pushed back by police and hit with tear gas, people are hitting the White House with multiple petitions focused on the militarization of the police and making audio and video recordings by police officers mandatory.
One petition, at thepetitionsite.com, which is urging to "Stop the Militarization of Police in America Immediately," has more than 26,000 signatures.
"This new precedent across the country has one particularly upsetting source: the Pentagon," the petition reads. "A federal program called 1033 allows the Department of Defense to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military equipment to police forces across the country. The chilling motto for this program is “From Warfighter to Crimefighter.”
Last week, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, said he plans to introduce the "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act" to Congress next month.
Multiple White House petitions also have been started, with one of them reaching the 100,000-signature threshold to get an official response.
The petition — "Mike Brown Law. Requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera." — has more than 114,000 signatures.
The petition reads:
Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera.The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct (i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions.