Please Limit the Use of SWAT in Fulton, MO
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A few days ago, SWAT officers of the Fulton (Missouri) Police Department shot and killed a dog while serving a “narcotics” search warrant. The residents of the house asked if they could cage the dog. The officers denied the request, ordering that the dog to be chained to a tree. The dog got loose and was then shot eight times, the first six shots wounding the dog and the last two point-blank, shotgun blasts killing it. After finishing off the first dog, the officers first maced and then turned their guns on caged puppies only stopping when confronted by concerned neighbors. (Mark Flakne, Keep Columbia Free)
Please sign this petition to ask the Fulton, Missouri, City Council to pass ordinances:
- Limiting the use of SWAT to events involving either violence or a credible threat of violence.
- Limiting the cooperation of the Fulton Police Department with MUSTANG, or other federal or state drug enforcement organizations that have little to no civilian or democratic oversight and are funded through asset forfeiture programs.
- Recognizing the medical value of marijuana, and the right of the people under the 9th Amendment to the US Constitution to choose their own medicines and medical treatments.
Eapen Thampy Americans for Forfeiture Reform CoMoCitizens is a citizen organized group that came together after a SWAT raid occurred in Columbia, MO in 2010. CoMoCitizens opposed the use of SWAT raids for non-violent crimes and also worked to build bridges between citizens and police to bring forth a more peaceful, healthy community.