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Even though we regret having to be here, we are the best resource for each other – we have traveled this tragic journey. Though each situation is different, there are some common specific steps you can take.
organizations provide “real” support?
We have communicated with and found these groups to offer altruistic support, accurate information, professional guidance, up-to-date knowledge and invaluable assistance due to their commitment, sensitivity and understanding.
Acknowledging and Honoring Honest Law Enforcement Efforts
Special Note: MOMS offers sensitivity workshops for academies conducting cadet training programs.
Wrongful In-custody Death Law suits Paid by Our Tax Dollars
As taxpayers, we all pay when the perpetrators of homicide are police officers, guards or jailers who commit these avoidable crimes. We all pay when bullies with badges are allowed to be judge, jury and executors. And we all pay when families seeing no punishment or accountability must resort to lawsuits in order to get the attention of law enforcement officials.
Jail Beating and Abuse Lawsuits Rain Down on Harrison County Mississippi http://cosgoingwrong.webs.com/mdmsmomt.htm
Bronx mom of teen killed by cops in 1995 finally gets answers and $1.1 million [after 14 years/2009] http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-03 27/local/17918146_1_apartment-cops-bullets
Settlement: Victim's mother to train [Chattanooga] police on use of force http://www.nsbcivilrights.com/docs/Prater_TNean_120606.pdf
Suit settled for $2 mil in county jail death http://www.arpaio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=210
Former Philadelphia cop, Frank Tepper, indicted for murder of an unarmed man. http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/
When the System Victimizes the Victim
A victim is someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as a result of actions or negative attitudes of someone else. In the majority of cases when an unarmed person is killed by law enforcement, there's an immediate attack on the victim's character; false stories fed to the media about what happened; vital records suddenly lost or destroyed; witnesses are intimated and officials orchestrate a cover-up or show a "blind-eye."
For families desperately seeking answers and accountability, the system puts up all sorts of frustrating delays as well as excuses (justifiable homicide). Co-workers wanting to share what really happened are labeled "whistle-blowers" and treated as outcast, if not fired. And for reporters having the audacity to uncover the facts and want to provide both sides of the story, often find themselves excommunicated. This was the plight of serious journalists tackling unpopular issues as documented in "Into the Buzzsaw."