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Police Brutality

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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Betty McCollum, Joe Biden

Create a US Truth and Reconciliation Commission

America, please listen to me, we need to define the relationship. “We can’t agree on anything anymore.  As a country, we just can’t agree.  We just fight about everything. We can’t even agree on Black Lives Matter.  That’s a controversial statement.  Black Lives Matter.  Not matters more than you, just matters.” – noted social commentator Michael Che In an environment where a substantial number of our neighbors, fellow residents, and even national leaders and representatives will not and cannot bring themselves to even utter the words #blacklivesmatter, will not even engage in discussion to show the lowest level of empathy, and will not acknowledge that our Black brothers, sisters, and non-binary friends and neighbors have inherent worth, we need to have a talk.  I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in the Republic of South Africa after the fall of Apartheid.  When South Africa was developing their new post-Apartheid Constitution, our South African friends looked to us in the United States for inspiration, let us look to them now.  In 1996, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the government of South Africa to help the nation heal from the abuses that occurred under apartheid.  No section of South African society escaped the effects of these abuses.  South Africans knew that there needed to be a national level dialogue and response to the pervasive racism that afflicted the country.  It’s a conversation that South Africa had and continues to have, and that we, here in the US, have not. What was done to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others who have been subjected to brutality is a symptom of systemic institutional racism that we as Americans have failed to address.  Let their deaths not have been in vain. We can challenge and change the status quo, we already are.  The time to act decisively is now.  We are at a historical nexus, what we do or fail to do will have ramifications for the generations after us. We the undersigned demand a formal national level inquiry on how to heal our nation from the continuing scourge of systemic institutional racism and support the creation of a United States Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It’s a national dialogue that is long overdue. #USTRC #blacklivesmatter

Manuel B. Zuniga, Jr.
2,247 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, Maura Healey

31 BULLETS #Justice for Juston Root: NEED AN Independent Investigation #PoliceBrutality

Our son and brother, Juston Root was killed by 6 officers who shot 31 bullets as he lay on the ground, in a semi-comatose condition with nothing in his hands!  He posed no threat to those around him. No one has been held accountable for his death. Please help us by signing this petition.  Our family is still grieving, but that won’t stop us from fighting for justice for Juston – and to make sure no other family has to face this kind of tragedy.  Will you help us? Add your name to tell lawmakers that there must be an independent investigation into his killing. On Feb. 7th, 2020, Juston was in a mental health crisis, on his way to his counselor at Mass Mental Health Center in Boston.  Juston had an oversized clear plastic paintball gun in his waist.  The Boston Police were called with a report of a person with a gun.  When officers arrived, one of them used deadly force immediately, injuring Juston.  Juston limped to his car, one of his legs was bleeding badly, he got in his car and drove away slowly. The Boston Police ensued a car chase, and minutes later Juston's car crashed, he staggered out, and dropped to the ground, covered in blood. A former EMT passerby ran to him to give him aid, because he was on the ground in a semi-conscious condition. Moments later, the Police arrived, yelling at the former EMT to get away from Juston. One officer kicked Juston, and then all six officers shot 31 bullets from close range, killing Juston instantly.  He posed no conceivable threat to the officers or the public and had no weapon in his hands.  The Norfolk DA exonerated these officers after just one month. Critical evidence and important witness statements were left out of the final report, including the former EMT who was there shortly before Juston was killed. The police have not released any footage of the actual shooting. The report says only one officer had a body camera on and filming, but their arm obstructed the lens when officers fired. The report is wholly inadequate and far from transparent. We, the Root family and the public, demand a timely, thorough, transparent independent investigation into Juston's killing by an impartial investigator with no ties to the police!  We call upon Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey to appoint an independent investigator immediately. Thank you for your support! Visit for more about information: www.JustonRoot.com Follow Juston's story on Twitter:  @JustonRoot 

The Root Family
6,781 supporters