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