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Dear Governor Brown,
On July 1st, a 51-year-old black woman and grandmother, Marlene Pinnock, was brutally beaten by an unidentified CHP officer in Los Angeles. The excessive use of force, with repeated blows to the head, is not an appropriate way for law enforcement to engage with citizens. Police brutality damages individuals and our community's relationship with authority.
We call for an independent investigation to be conducted by the Department of Justice. This horrifying act of police brutality is so terrible that we have no confidence in the CHP to conduct an impartial investigation. We do not believe the reported CHP claims that the woman - known only as Marlene aka Jane Doe - received no injuries in the assault.
We must assure that individual officers who use excessive force be removed from their positions and punished appropriately. Citizens of California cannot sit by silently and sanction this behavior. The nation and the world are watching in disgust. It is unconscionable that those who are to protect and serve instead may assault, and even kill at will, with impunity.
This act, and others like it, is damaging to the relations between minority citizens and our police departments. The excessive use of force reduces the public trust, creating fears of a police state. Witnessing acts of police brutality lead to unease and even ill will toward authority. This is unhealthy for civil society.
Please use your authority to assure that the most thorough review of this rogue behavior start right away. We seek true justice, not white-washing.
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