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Today's police and law enforcement have no shortage of tools to help them protect and serve, but those tools shouldn't be used to hide the truth.

From kevlar vests and riot shields, to pepper spray and the AR-15, modern police forces are being outfitted with military grade equipment to keep law and order. These items provide protection for officers, while dash and chest cameras capture each interaction, often providing valuable evidence.

There's no denying police officers can make mistakes. That fact has been shown by too many headlines and viral videos depicting innocent people shot by police. But North Carolina is hiding those mistakes with the passage of a law which states the police may decide if or when to release body-camera footage.

When citizens of the United States are crying out for ethical and just policing, allowing law enforcement to censor chest and dash cam videos creates further dissonance and distrust between people and police.

Almost two years before North Carolina enacted its new law, the murder of Laquan McDonald was captured on five different police cameras, including that of officer Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. A court would later find Van Dyke guilty of killing McDonald, shooting him from about 10 feet away. Law enforcement and other government officials kept the video secret for over a year before the public was allowed to see what had happened.

This lack of transparency has been called out by many, including leading members of the Police Benevolent Association."It is critically important that our chiefs and sheriffs, as officers of our courts, have the opportunity to utilize our judiciary in determining what is protected evidence of a police investigation versus what is public record," wrote association president Randy Byrd. "It is puzzling to us that our new governor, who spent the past 16 years as North Carolina's 'Top Cop,' would consider judicial review pursuant to the rule of law to somehow be problematic."

The police forces that protect and serve the United States must follow the guidelines of civil servants. There is no reason to hide such evidence from the public.

Sign below to ask the Governor of North Carolina to repeal this law.

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Dear Governor of North Carolina,

I am writing to you to express my dismay and shock at the passage of a law which allows police to censor the footage captured from body and dash cams.

Dash and chest cameras capture each interaction on digital recording, often providing valuable evidence.

There is no reason to hide such evidence from the public they profess to aid. Today's police and law enforcement have no shortage of tools to help them protect and serve, but those tools shouldn't be used to hide the truth.

There's no denying police officers can make mistakes. That fact has been shown by too many headlines and viral videos depicting innocent people shot by police. But North Carolina is hiding those mistakes with the passage of a law which states the police may decide if or when to release body-camera footage.

When citizens of the United States are crying out for ethical and just policing, allowing law enforcement to censor chest and dash cam videos creates further dissonance and distrust between people and police. You must not allow this rift to deepen by allowing this law to stand.

Recall the murder of Laquan McDonald, which was captured on five different police cameras, including that of officer Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. A court would later find Van Dyke guilty of killing McDonald, shooting him from about 10 feet away. Law enforcement and other government officials kept the video secret for over a year before the public was allowed to see what had happened.

No one wants a situation like this to repeat itself, but this law widely paves the way for possibility. This lack of transparency has been called out by many, including leading members of the Police Benevolent Association.

"It is critically important that our chiefs and sheriffs, as officers of our courts, have the opportunity to utilize our judiciary in determining what is protected evidence of a police investigation versus what is public record," wrote association president Randy Byrd. "It is puzzling to us that our new governor, who spent the past 16 years as North Carolina's 'Top Cop,' would consider judicial review pursuant to the rule of law to somehow be problematic."

Governor, it is up to you to repeal this draconian law and I demand that you do so. The people must know the truth about how their rights are being protected and served. Anything less is an affront to the freedom of Americans.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 16, 2018 josilda josilda
Jul 15, 2018 Robert Stroud
Jul 15, 2018 Jane Gilmore
Jul 15, 2018 Joan Autry This law is NOT IN THE PUBLIC GOOD. Citizens deserve all rights to their own defense and to see all evidence against them
Jun 25, 2018 Reid Larimore
Jun 25, 2018 Robert Reed
Jun 17, 2018 Will Evans
Jun 15, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 14, 2018 Mary sunderhauf
Jun 14, 2018 Karen Supplee
Jun 14, 2018 Leslie Poms
Jun 11, 2018 Brian Gottejman
Jun 11, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 28, 2018 Colleen Carroll
May 24, 2018 Glenda Foreman
May 22, 2018 Lynn Ronconi
May 22, 2018 Andrea Frankel Sunlight is the best disinfectant!
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Melody Modica
May 19, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 16, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 8, 2018 Natalie Bieniarz
May 8, 2018 Robin Gregory
May 4, 2018 Rob Dexter
May 4, 2018 Bonnie Steiger Stop hiding brutality!
Apr 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
Apr 19, 2018 Sandra Greene
Apr 14, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 14, 2018 amrita biswas
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 6, 2018 jeanna davis They should not have to hide anything. We need them honest. High power job that can ruin someone's whole life should be monitored. Protects them in situations as well.
Apr 6, 2018 Dorothy Ingram With so much lack of trust in cops, we need these body cams for the purpose of showing what actually happens. Diminish doubt and show the real action.
Apr 6, 2018 Richard Rheder
Mar 28, 2018 Jessie Bourke
Mar 25, 2018 Danielle Schultz
Mar 25, 2018 Sandra Bigart
Mar 24, 2018 Camille Barron
Mar 24, 2018 Jodi Abel
Mar 21, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Mar 16, 2018 Deni Ann Gereighty Freedom requires transparency of police and government or trust is replaced by suspicion and civil;ity breaks down.
Mar 14, 2018 Kathy Smith
Mar 13, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Mar 13, 2018 Judy McKinney
Mar 13, 2018 Mary Wilson
Mar 12, 2018 Robert Furem
Mar 7, 2018 MARJORIE HILL

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