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Value Human Life Bill
by K. Harley (kishanaharley [at] hotmail.com)
Monday Jan 16th, 2017 10:15 PM
Hi there, Please support this worthy cause by signing and spreading the word. Thank you for caring!! Value Human Life Bill - Sign the Petition! https://www.change.org/p/assemblymember-tony-thurmond-d-richmond-value-human-life-bill?recruiter=false&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=whatsapp
Proposed Initiative Measure for a Value Human Life Bill We the undersigned see a dire need for change. The average American taxpayer understands that communities need good police officers and they are willing to compensate them with a great salary and benefits for their commitment to protect and serve. As law-abiding taxpayers and residents of those communities, we are no longer willing to tolerate our tax dollars being used to reward cowardly-incompetent police officers. An incompetent officer, is an officer equipped with a bullet proof vest, pepper spray, a taser, a baton, a radio to call for assistance, a canine police-companion and training in hand-to-hand combat, but favors using deadly force; knowing that the police department will rally in support of their actions, simply because they are members of the same union. Since 1974, police officers have benefited tremendously from having additional rights bestowed upon them, through the passage of Joe Biden's Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights. Yet, the taxpayers have not gained any additional protection under the law. As a result, each year there are hundreds of officer involved homicides, which the general public overwhelmingly believes were 100% preventable. Despite having an understanding of basic criminal laws and tactical training, the number of people killed by the police, is a clear indication that there is a need for legislation to protect citizens. We need protection from officers who have undetected mental illness, egos, unknown biases and the propensity to kill although other options are available. There is no test that can accurately detect those character traits because no one can be certain of what’s in a person’s heart. As taxpayers, who are concerned about everyone’s safety, it is time to reaffirm the value of human life by putting our support behind a Value Human Life Bill. Value Human Life Bill First, police officers who kill or cause serious injury to an unarmed civilian must be suspended without pay during the investigation. Due to the nature of the job, officers should be required to carry insurance that will help their families financially if this were to happen. A police officer's CalPERS Industrial Disability Insurance will not be pre-funded by tax dollars. Second, police departments cannot investigate themselves. The blue code of silence and cover-up is blatant, and it's evident in the long list of no conviction cases. There are too many cases where charges are not filed by top officials despite physical evidence and eyewitness testimony, contradicting the police department's statement of events. The investigation process must include an immediate toxicology exam. In addition, unedited civilian video recordings must be considered evidence. Third, police officers who fire upon an unarmed or legally armed civilian who is not in the act of committing a felony offense will be fired, and charges brought against that officer. They do not get to continue their careers within law enforcement. Taxpayers will not cover the cost of that officer's legal defense. Fourth, the number of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American police should be proportionate and reflective of the members of that particular city. Officers should be working in pairs, with those officers identifying as two different races. Written with love, signed in blood. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions regarding this petition, please visit justice4pedie.com or Email K. Harley kishanaharley@hotmail.com or Patricia Perez at picklesace@gmail.com. The Proposed Initiative Measure for a Value Human Life Bill will be available on Change.org starting January 15, 2017. When a victim’s family member was asked about efforts made by the family to pursue charges against the officer that killed her unarmed, 24 year old grandson, the 76 year old woman sighed after a moment of reflection then responded by saying, “Transparency is a bullshit word. All they did was demonize him. They just wanted to kill him after they killed him.” Patricia Perez Click on the links to find articles supporting the need for the Value Human Life Bill. Richard 'Pedie' Perez, Unarmed Man Killed By Richmond Cop ... Richmond: Police officer who killed unarmed man to receive tax-free compensation for life Radio Free Richmond- Editorial: Justice Denied In Richmond Six Years Later and Still No Justice for Aiyana Stanley Jones No Charges in Shooting of 13-Year-Old Andy Lopez By Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Tamir Rice: judge finds cause for murder charge over police killing of 12-year-old Prosecutor brushes aside recommendation from Ohio judge to charge Cleveland police officer with murder and vows to proceed as planned with grand jury Justice for James Rivera; Police Murder in Stockton, Ca. Three Shootings In Vallejo- Residents of a Bay Area town wonder how one police officer could gun down three men in five months and earn a promotion. Family of woman killed by deputy sues: Yanira Serrano, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia, shot near Half Moon Bay Will There Be Justice for NYPD Victim Ramarley Graham? The Wrongful Death of Patrick Wayne Wetter Justice for O'Shaine Evans Killed by SFPD on October 7, 2014 Justice for Alex Nieto Killed by SFPD on March 21,2014 La Mesha Irizarry & the Idriss Stelley Foundation Burlington police officer cleared in fatal shooting Young black men again faced highest rate of US police killings in 2016 In 2011, Virginia police officer Stephen Rankin shot an unarmed man dead. Last year he did it again. The fight to get him convicted is the subject of a new film Killed by California Police June 2/14-Dec. 31/14 November 27, 2015 · KILLED BY CALIFORNIA POLICE JUNE 2,2014--DEC.31,2014 1] Yanira Serrano-Garcia--18---6/4/14 2] Glenn Griggs--53---6/5/14 3] Michael V. Gutierrez--31---6/10/14 4] Miguel Moreno Torrez--22---6/11/14 5] Steven Kellog Neuroth--55---6/11/14 6] Gregory Johnson--67---614/14 7] Paul Westbrook--37---6/19/14 8] Ray Dakota Scholfield--23---6/20/14 9] James Moala Kofu--22---6/21/14 10] Jose Cardenas--22---6/22/14 11] Antoine Dominique Hunter--24---6/25/14 12] Samuel Johnson--45---6/26/14 13] James Jaimez--29---6/26/14 14] Paul Ray Kemp Jr.--40---6/27/14 15] Richard Flick Shryne--37---6/28/14 16] James McKinney--29---7/9/14 17] Frank Alvarado--40---7/10/14 18] Ja Ma Lo Day--21---7/13/14 19] Michael Reams--47---7/14/14 20] Misty Holt Singh--41---7/16/14 21] Alex Gregory Martinez--27---7/17/14 22] Gilbert Renteria Jr.--30---7/17/14 23] Andre Milton--36---7/17/14 24] Luis Jobel--33---7/25/14 25] Matthew Robinson--33---7/28/14 26] Paul Burkins-57---7/28/14 27] Cedric Ramirez--24---8/2/14 28] Frank Mendoza--54---8/2/14 29] Steve Matthew Doll--40---8/2/14 30] Jacorey Calhoun--23---8/3/14 31] Maria Rodriguez--42---8/3/14 32] Omar Abrego--37---8/3/14 33] Michael Laray Dozer--26---8/6/14 34] Jose Reyes Torres--20---8/7/14 35] Alberto Cornelio Morales--41---8/9/14 36] Ezell Ford--25---8/12/14 37] Gabriel Lopez--22---8/12/14 38] Dante Parker--36---8/13/14 39] Diana Showman--19---8/14/14 40] Andre maurice Jones--37---8/18/14 41] Jeffrey Towe--53---8/18/14 42] Luther Lathron Walker--38--8/18/14 43] Alex Alvarado--38--8/22/14 44] Kerry Wesson--45---8/26/14 45] Mark Jeffrey Sharpe--54---8/28/14 46] Erik Charles Lebak--32---8/28/14 47] Bein Cam Tran--58---9/3/14 48] Alphonse Edward Perkins--50---9/8/14 49] RICHARD "PEDIE" PEREZ lll--24---9/14/14 50] Matthew Porraz--21---9/16/14 51] Thomas James McClain--22---9/17/14 52] Steen Parker lll--43---9/19/14 53] Gustavo Segura Acosta--36---9/22/14 54] Giovany Contreras Sandoval--34---9/25/14 55] Nancy Joyce Garrett--68---9/28/14 56] Rafael Mejia--33--10/1/14 57] Carl Blossingame--48---10/3/14 58] Johnny Martinez--29---10/4/14 59] O'Shaine Evans--26---10/8/14 60] Daniel Walsh--27--10/25/14 61] Oscar Ramirez--28---10/27/14 62] Roger Shipton--49--10/30/14 63] Jaime Garcia--35---11/1/14 64] John Brantley Jr.--43---11/1/14 65] Richard Joseph Barrett--62---11/1/14 66] Rodrigo Cabral--27---11/1/14 67] Jesus Zuriel Orduno Luviano--20---11/3/14 68] William Forrest Spargur--36---11/7/14 69] Adam Thomas--27---11/8/14 70] Jorge Trejo--34---11/9/14 71] Josue Fuentes--22---11/9/14 72] Christopher Keith O'Neal--56---11/10/14 73] Jerry Lee Matheny--52---11/11/14 74] Aaron Forgash--38---11/11/14 75] Jose Avalos--26---11/13/14 76] George Armando Ramirez--35---11/13/14 77] Ramiro James Villegas--22---11/13/14 78] Wesley Castillo--35---11/14/14 79] Ricardo Avelar-lara--57---11/16/14 80] Eduardo Bermundez--26---11/16/14 81] Vincent Martinez--34---11/18/14 82] Carey Smith Viramontes--18---11/21/14 83] Nestor Cruz-Ciriaco--27---11/22/14 84] Bruce Thomas Snyder--29---11/23/14 85] Juan Jose Enriquez--27---11/24/14 86] Daniel Cedar Saulsburary--39---11/27/14 87] Ferenando Escovedo--19---11/30/14 88] Isaac Lee Ricks--68---12/3/14 89] David Scott Wear--42---12/5/14 90] Guadalupe Manjo-Ochoa--27---12/9/14 91] Thomas Edward Brazeail--38---12/10/14 92] Charles Gluchacki--65---12/14/14 93] Julius L. Pinson--48---12/17/14 94] Richard Frederick Tismal Estrada--17---12/18/14 95] William Everett Corson--53---12/21/14 96] Omar Rodriguez--35--12/25/14 97] Fransisco Manuel Cesena--40---12/25/14 98] Craig Schiffer--54---12/28/14 99] Robert Battaglia--28---12/29/14
by Mike Novack
Thursday Jan 19th, 2017 7:46 AM
"The average American taxpayer understands that communities need good police officers and they are willing to compensate them with a great salary and benefits for their commitment to protect and serve."

Uh, not exactly. The salary paid is OK for somebody with the bare minimum qualifications and so that is what we have. We do NOT get ones who are trained to be expert with their weapons and so confident to just wound. We do NOT get ones trained to be expert in unarmed combat and so confident to take down a lightly armed person without using a weapon. We do NOT get ones with training in family conflict, in dealing with the mentally ill, etc.

So here is my modest proposal. Hire them with the level of training now used for the sort of salary now offered. But provide a "pay incentive" for each extra qualification earned. Think of those as "graduate degrees". I just described four possible "extras"; perhaps you could think of more. And yes, the (total) pay for a policeman who had several or all of these might end up to be quite high.
But I think those who would object to that have no idea of the effort needed to be put in to go from the sort of minimal shooting ability now required (don't know what that is, maybe onto a body sized traget at 15 yds) to being able to put them into at 50 yards rapid fire. Or to become "black belt" in a "soft style*"martial art, or the equivalent of an associates in family or mental health work.

* These tend to include a lot of "take down" and "holds", not just hitting, and so preferable. But I would not restrict as it is the confidence in unarmed figtihing that is most important here when it comes to choosing not to go for a weapon.