RE: Melina HarrisThe Felony Sentencing of Melina Harris for the Crime of Being Assaulted by a Police Officer. Write a letter, or Attend ….
December 7 at 1:30pm – PSTCourt Room 4A, Regional Justice Center 401 Fourth Ave. N., Kent, WA 98032.
A quick e-mail to the Kent Mayor concerning this and all police brutality followed by false charges being leveled at the victims to keep them from seeking justice would be helpful at this point…
Mayor Suzette Cooke email@example.com
cc: Chris Daniels, Reporting, KING 5 Seattle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Carter, email@example.com
Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas at, KThomas@kentwa.gov
Melina Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy and paste it to my facebook page when you are done if you send one… as a comment on the post welcoming people to the trial….. there are several on there now…
I am grateful for those of you writing in, it is the only thing that is bringing this case, into the light, with others of it’s kind. Welcome are letters from near and far,
those who know me just enough, and those who know me all to well.
If you wish to write a letter, saying how you see me as a human being, to be given to the judge before sentencing.
If you wish to write a letter to the Mayor of Kent on your feelings about this incident and the out of control issue of Police Brutality.
If you wish to join in the 20 or so that have written the Governor asking for a clemency.
If you wish to write out local Department of Justice Civil Rights department, my case, and that Police Brutality is increasingly out of hand.
Please Write it and then send it to all of the following, so that all end up with a copy of every letter sent in.
It need not be fancy, or long, just make sure it’s from the heart, and that you add your name and mailing address. Please feel welcome to add your title, trade, local, etc.
Melina Harris, email@example.com
Mayor Suzette Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Daniels, email@example.com
Christine Clarridge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas at, KThomas@kentwa.gov
Kent Internal Investigations, Patrick Lowery, email@example.com
Public Defender Kristen Gestaut , Kristen.Gestaut@acapd.org
Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board, CPBoard@atg.wa.gov
WW DOJ Civil Rights, Special.Litigation@usdoj.gov
Governor Christine Gregoire Fax: (360) 753-4110
There are example letters now posted on the Event page.http://www.facebook.com/events/501885959845258/
The photos you see, are of me moments after a short minor noise complaint call, I spoke to the older officer and refused to speak to the younger officer, as he was hyper aggressive and threatening.
I and the older officer concluded that just shutting the windows would suffice. That as well as turning down the stereo had already been done, as guests had noticed the police and I talking in the yard.
The older officer told the younger cop, “We are done here” and turned to leave and walked to his car, I turned and walked quickly toward the front door, before I made it, the younger cop, stepped into my path, accosted me with his flash light and then assaulted me, hitting me hard enough to leave a hole in my face 3/4″. The older officer could not and did not see the assault, as he had made if far enough down the drive, and with the slope, trees and a car parked in the way, his view was blocked. He came back up the drive in answer to a yell, (my scream for help) . To find me on the ground with the young officer straddling me.
The crime of being assaulted by a cop is a felony. Any time a situation gets out of hand and “Force” is used, the officer charges the citizen with assault, resisting or obstruction to cover their ass. Unfortunately this is also true if the officer doesn’t like what you have to say, or in this case, don’t say, and they reach out and knock you off your feet, for no better reason, than, they can. The County Prosecutors then press the charges and play the plea down game, to cover the ass of the city.
Reality Sucks that King County Washington is actually one of The Worst in the Nation for protecting bad cops.
The maximum sentence for Assault of an officer is 5 years, maximum for obstruction is 3 years. I have no prior Felony so of course sentencing will be Much less than that.
I was asked to stand and take it as far as I could to address the issue of an officer who should not have a badge. If he decked me for ignoring him, imagine what will happen when someone in Righteous indignation tells him off?
I was also asked to try to take the civil case for the assault and maiming, and resulting medical costs, as far as I can. Truth being, I cannot address that until the criminal case has been dealt with. I will be lucky to do so before the statute of limitations runs out. The appeal will likely take 2 years to come around.
I cannot, until I deal with the criminal charges, and then only if I win, put in a federal civil rights complaint that I was falsely arrested, falsely charged, and assaulted. Filing charges against the citizen narrows those pesky complaints down to about the same odds in our state as winning the lottery.
I have done this publicly as requested, to show what a citizen can and cannot do, if they are assaulted or mistreated by those wearing a badge, who are above the law. Be it in your front yard, on the side of the road, down town and out with friends, at a protest, or in the face of a wall of them in riot gear.
One bad cop can seriously screw up thousands of lives in his career. So stand I have and this is what that means and what it takes. None of this has been pleasant.
I am still stuck with the fact I was maimed that evening. I cannot lift more than a pound or 3 above chest height, and I can’t do that very long, so of course, I cannot work as a union carpenter, until after I have surgery on both shoulder joints and then recuperate. Jobs with medical are slim at this time and so I am stuck in a common limbo, hence the work being done to address Americans lack of medical.
I greatly appreciated those of you who can take a few moments to write in, it will at least help shed light on the issue of Police Brutality, it is prevalent here, and in my county, the Seattle Police are under investigation as well as the County Sheriffs office (who investigated two use of force complaints in the prior whole year) for excessive use of force, and lack of reporting it.
If you could copy and paste your letter on the event page to share with others to use as an example, it would be helpful. Some are better than others at letter writing, and seeing examples helps much.The Felony Sentencing of Melina Harris for the Crime of Being Assaulted by a Police Officer. Write a letter, or Attend ….December 7 at 1:30pm in PSTCourt Room 4A, Regional Justice Center 401 Fourth Ave. N., Kent, WA 98032.
PLEASE WRITE A LETTER to the Mayor of Kent, WA on your feelings about this incident and the out of control issue of Police Brutality.
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