mardi 6 juin 2017

U.S : David PHILLIPS : " The police killed my son in front of me ! "

Justice for Desmond Phillips

Dear friend,

I just started a petition titled : "Fire and charge the officers who killed 
Desmond Phillips."

 Here's why this is important : 

On March 17th, Chico Police Officers Alex Fliehr and Jeremy Gagnebin 
came into my home and killed my 25-year-old son Desmond Phillips 
right in front of me !

I had called 911 for medical assistance, something that I had to do 
relatively often since my son suffered mental health problems due to 
PTSD from being beaten by the Sacramento Police Department. 
This assault by Sacramento Police put him in the hospital ICU for 
four days. The Chico 911 dispatch, Chico Police, and Chico 
Behavioral Health Department were familiar with Desmond's 
background and had successfully taken him in for mental health 
treatment twice before.

The officers who killed my son must be fired and charged 
immediately, join me in demanding that the Chico Police 
department fire these officers!

On March 17th, the first responders who arrived at my apartment 
removed Desmond's headphones and sunglasses which is how he 
was coping with the crisis he was in. When he became agitated 
in response, they first responders called in the police. The police 
arrived at the scene with a non-lethal beanbag gun and shield, but 
those things were never used. When Desmond saw the police he 
panicked and locked the front door. The police broke down the 
door, tased him and within seconds Officers Gagnebin and 
Fliehr fired 16 shots total from their two semi-automatic 

Join me in demanding that California State Attorney General 
Xavier Becerra press charges against officers Gagnebin and 

I was in the home the whole time and had to witness the murder of 
my son by the police. Desmond's nephews who are 10 and 12 years 
old were also in the apartment. The neighbors heard what can be 
heard on the 911 tape as well, the taser was deployed and only a few 
second passed before the gunshots began. Every shot to my son was 
in his face and chest area. The police fired so many shots that a 
couple of the bullets passed through a wall into the neighboring 

Both officers were rookies, one with two years and the other with one 
year on duty. It was negligent and reckless for Sergeant Lefkowitz to 
send two rookies into a mental health crisis. The 911 dispatcher, the 
first responders, and the police NEVER called in ANY mental 
health professionals. Chico Police Chief O'Brien and DA Ramsey 
claimed that the Officers involved had gone through Critical Incident Training. 
However, Sheriff Duch who teaches de-escalation training, resigned in 
protest citing that the Police and DA were lying about the training 
Officers Fliehr, Gagnebin, and others have had. Sheriff Duch said that 
the officers who killed my son had never attended one of his de-escalation trainings. 

Butte County District Attorney Michael Ramsey has ruled that the murder 
was "justified" and will not be pressing criminal charges. During each 
public statement DA Ramsey gave during the investigation, his version 
of what happened has changed in multiple ways. The two Officers who 
killed Desmond got a paid vacation (administrative leave, during the investigation) and are now back on duty. The present a huge threat to anyone that lives in Chico.

Join my family and our community in demanding that the Chico 
Police Department fire these officers! We also ask that the California 
State Attorney General launch an independent investigation 
and press criminal charges against Officers Alex Fliehr, Jeremy Gagnebin, 
and Sergeant Todd Lefkowitz.

How many Black people must be killed by law enforcement before we 
see justice for their families, serious consequences for the killers, and 
changes in policy and procedure ? 

Dear friend, join me in demanding justice for my son Desmond Phillips.

Thank You,

David Phillips 

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