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Petition: Ban Halal Slaughter of Animals in Britain

Support our petition to ban Halal slaughter in Britain. The practice of slaughtering animals for religious purposes is both draconian and barbaric and it is only ‘religious sensitivity’ from our politicians that has prevent Halal meat from being banned.

Petition to Call on David Cameron to Sack Culture Secretary Maria Miller

Sack Culture Secretary Maria Miller – This petition is to call upon the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to dismissed Maria Miller over her mortgage expenses scandal.

EU Moves to End Net Neutrality

The EU is now making moves, through a new directive, that would effectively quash net neutrality. Net neutrality covers three core principles which allows the internet to remain free and open. Destroying net neutrality will deny you your democratic rights to access free and open information. Don’t let this happen.

Petition: Ban Islam in Britain

Petition to ban Islam in Britain. It’s time for peace and the only way to achieve peace is to remove ideologies that promote murder. Here we call for support on banning Islam in Britain.

Petition: Should the BBC Lose its Royal Charter?

Should the BBC lose it’s Royal Charter so that it can no longer force TV viewers into paying a licence fee? If you feel this is the case then sign our petition.

American Deported for Having Cancer

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Officer James Moody Cleared of Unlawful Killing of Ernesto Duenez

Officer James Moody Cleared of Unlawful Killing of Ernesto Duenez

OFFICER JAMES MOODY CLEARED OF UNLAWFUL KILLING OF ERNESTO DUENEZ JR. - On June 8th 2011 Police Officer James Moody, followed the vehicle of Ernesto Duenez Jr., to his home and upon arrival order Ernesto out of his vehicle, a few seconds later Office Moody had shot and killed Ernesto Duenez Jr.

What transpired was clearly a disturbing set of circumstances, as can be seen in the video, that resulted in Officer Moody discharging his firearm 13 times at Ernesto of which resulted in 11 gunshot wounds, two of which the coroner ruled as fatal.

At the inquest into Officer Moody’s conduct hearing the Manteca Police Department defended his actions due to the video clearly showing that Ernesto had a knife and that Officer Moody reacted with reasonable force in order to protect himself.

However, the family strongly denies this claim and took action against Manteca Police Department and Officer Moody.  The District Attorney’s Office has sided with the Manteca Police Department and Officer Moody stating that is was clear from the footage that Officer Moody could see Ernesto carrying what was described later as a throwing knife.

Can we really justify this type of killing by a police officer?  While it is plain to see that this really is disturbing there remains so many questions, such as what is reasonable force and was Officer Moody right to use such force.  As his family has pointed out; was it necessary to shoot 13 times in less than 4 seconds and would it not have been more reasonable to aim for the lower extremities of the body?

I am afraid as I write this there is no right or wrong solution to this dilemma as the problem lies within society itself and the ease of which deadly weapons can be obtained.  The United States has a high profile gun culture and as such violence often be gets violence.

So far, after researching this particular case, I have seen hundreds of comments, some saying that what Officer Moody did was well beyond reasonable force while others defended his actions.  So what have we got and indeed what can we learn?  Here are some of the known facts and assumptions:

1. It is clear from the video footage that Officer Moody did notice and weapon and you can hear him repeatedly tell Ernesto to put the knife down.

2.  What Officer Moody was not aware of at the time was the fact that Ernesto’s erratic movements were due to his foot being caught up in the vehicle’s seat belt – his struggling was therefore interpreted by Officer Moody as an act of aggression.

3. Was Officer Moody wrong to fire 13 shots?  Ernesto was quite a large guy and a single shot may not always be sufficient to bring a perpetrator down. Officer Moody would have been well aware of this fact due to his training.  What he would have also known was that a handgun is not the most accurate of firearms and therefore multiple shots are required in order hit a target.  Consider how close Officer Moody was and that of the 13 shots fired only 11 found their target and entry wounds ranged from the head, chest and lower extremities.

4. Consider yourself in this situation for a moment.  You are facing a person with a history of violence – do you not think that this would cause you to take measures, however extreme they may appear to others, in order to ensure your own safety?

5. Police Officers, such as Officer Moody, are trained and put in harm’s way every single day in order to ensure the liberty and safety of the public.  With the high levels of gun crime in the United States is it not reasonable to determine that Police Officers are often in situations where his/her life is on the line and that natural instincts will take over in order to preserve it.

I am sure Officer Moody, just like all other decent, hard working Police Officers, regrets taking the life of another but with his and others safety at risk, the evidence of a lethal weapon, human emotion, fear and adrenaline, these situations will not only occur but the public should accept the fact that they will occur more frequently as society becomes more violent.

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