Dear MoveOn member,
A MoveOn member named Mark Crain recently created a petition on our public petition website entitled "Investigate apparent assault by Stockton cops and decriminalize jaywalking"—and we'd like to know what you think of it.
The petition is addressed to Anthony Silva, Mayor of Stockton, CA and City Council, of Stockton, CA, and reads:
16 year old young people should not be brutalized and arrested for jaywalking!
I am horrified by the video of Stockton police brutalizing 16 year old Emilio Mayfield for jaywalking. By all accounts, it appears that the police behaved criminally. We want you to launch an independent investigation into the arresting officers with assault of a minor and decriminalize jaywalking in Stockton.
Here's what Mark wrote about it:
The criminalization of Black youth is out of control! On the heels of a Texas teen being arrested for bringing a clock to school, Stockton, CA police brutalized 16 year old Emilio Mayfield for jaywalking. The cops were the threat to public safety, not the minor getting off the bus.
We demand the cops be charged with assaulting a minor, that Restorative Justice methods are used to resolve non-violent victimless "crimes," and—we canât believe we have to say this—the decriminalization of jaywalking.
Can you click to let us know what you think?
We'll decide whether to send this petition out to additional MoveOn members in your area based on your feedback.
In case you haven't heard about it, MoveOn's petition site allows anyone to start an online petition and share it with friends and neighbors to build support for their cause.
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