We, the undersigned, denounce and condemn the violent actions and gross misconduct of the Nassau County Police Department in Hempstead, Long Island. Specifically, we are citing the unprovoked attack unleashed upon a member of "Iraq Veterans Against the War," who was acting within the first amendment right to "peacefully assemble" on the evening of October 15, 2008 at Hofstra University, the site of the last presidential debate. Due to the unnecessary aggression of the Nassau County police towards peaceful demonstrators, where horses were wheeling out of control, we urge that all charges against the Iraq veterans and the other people arrested be dropped. Iraq War Veteran Nick Morgan was peaceably standing on the sidewalk when he was unmercifully and unlawfully trampled by a Nassau County Police Department horse mounted by a Police Officer who provoked the horse to spin against the crowd on the sidewalk, thereby knocking down and stepping on the Iraq Veteran which action nearly killed him. He sustained a crushing blow to his head when the horse trampled his face, breaking his cheek bone in three places, his "orbital" (eye socket) was shattered, thus leaving his eye dangerously close to sinking into his sinus cavity over time without proper surgery. People of conscience cannot and will not sit by and allow members of any police force who are here to protect and serve behave like criminals themselves. Therefore, we demand justice for Nick Morgan. All charges against him must be dropped immediately, and a public apology be given by not only the Nassau County Police Department but the Mayor of Hempstead. We will not tolerate these violent actions being inflicted upon anyone, especially a veteran who honorably served his Country.
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