December 9, 2014
City of Phoenix
Police Chief Daniel Garcia
620 W Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Subject: Arizona Law Enforcement Excessive Force Concerns / Homicide
Dear Police Chief Garcia:
I began the facebook event in support of Justice for Rumain Brisbon with regard to the rally held at Space Park in downtown Phoenix with other community leaders. We were happy with the diverse protestors that resulted in a peaceful and civil disobedience protest.
I was happy when you stated your department would not tolerate racial profiling in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 (anti-immigrant / anti-brown) law. I hope you will be fair and instrumental with regard to the outcome of this wrongful death situation involving Rumain Brisbon. Even though columnist Laurie Roberts of Arizona Central wrote a scathing story about you when you decided to run a tight ship and fire law enforcement officer Craig Tiger (whose job was on the line when he committed a DUI), I believe you made the right decision that causes me to think you are fair instead of toeing the stereotypical cronyism line. As a former member of the law enforcement community, I believe police officers should be held accountable for homicide(s) since they are supposed to enforce the law and commit to safety.
That said, I am asking your office to look into aggressive misconduct of the Phoenix police officer who fatally shot Rumain Brisbon. I believe the officer who shot Rumain was eager to pull the trigger with regard to an unarmed man and he must be used as an example for the nation with a message that essentially states: Police Chiefs will not tolerate trigger happy police officers in our Nation.
At some point we must stop the wave of trigger happy police officers who are not held accountable – particularly unarmed individuals. Making an example out of the officer who killed Brisbon would make positive history sending a message that conveys trigger happy officers could get criminally charged for wrongful death situations. Judge Dredd is a fictional character I wish to remain part of fiction as we cannot in good mind support men and women in uniform who act as the law, the judge and the executioner. Although the Nation has been focusing on the mantra: all black lives matter, I would like to focus on “all lives matter” since whites, reds, yellows and browns have lost their lives across the Nation due to police excessive force.
Finally, we are asking your office to terminate the officer who shot Rumain Brisbon because we believe he is unfit and unsafe to carry out responsible and safe police duties. Public trust and safety is imperative right now. We pray your office will assist that could help restore Arizona’s law enforcement image and public trust with your guidance and/or leadership. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
DeeDee Garcia Blase
Co-founder - Somos Independents
CC: Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
Incoming Attorney General Mark Brnovich
State of Arizona
Office of the Attorney General
1275 W Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Department Of Justice
Office of the Attorney General
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
9500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 205030-0001
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
National Center for Health Statistics
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Atlanta, GA 30333