Petition

PETITION FOR A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION

Please write, call, or email the U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch to demand a federal investigation into the homicide of Alejandro Nieto on March 21st, 2014 by officers of the San Francisco Police Department. You can use the pre-written letter below and/or sign our online petition at Change.org.

Click here for UPDATE! Parents and supporters deliver signed petitions requesting a federal investigation into his shooting (Aug. 21st.)

LETTER

Loretta E. Lynch
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Telephone: 202-353-1555
Email: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

Attention to:

Jocelyn Samuels
Acting Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Phone: (202) 514-4609

Melinda Haag
Attorney General for the Northern District of California
Federal Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 436-7200
Fax: (415) 436-7234

PETITION FOR A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER OF ALEJANDRO NIETO BY SFPD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

On Friday evening, March 21, 2014, 7:18 p.m., Alejandro “Alex” Nieto, 28 years old, was shot at over fourteen times and killed by a sergeant and three officers of the San Francisco Police Department on Bernal Hill Park, without any reasonable justification. Alex was a beloved son and brother, and an active peaceful member of the community, studying to become a probation officer.

Alejandro Nieto’s civil rights were violated, and we do not believe that District Attorney of San Francisco, George Gascón —a career police officer and former Chief of Police of San Francisco— can guarantee an impartial investigation into the death of Alejandro Nieto. We ask the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute the murder of Alejandro Nieto by SFPD officers, in order to guarantee a faithful, impartial, and independent investigation into his death.

Sincerely,

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THIS PETITION

SAN FRANCISCO’S D.A. IS A CAREER POLICE OFFICER AND CANNOT ACT IMPARTIALLY

George Gascón has been a police officer since 1972, most recently serving as the Chief of Police of San Francisco from 2009 to 2011 before being designated District Attorney of San Francisco in April 2011. He has a serious conflict of interest and lifelong career bias in favor of police officers. It is impossible for George Gascón to faithfully and impartially and without fear, favor, or affection discharge his duties to pursue an investigation into the actions of SFPD officers that led to the murder of Alejandro Nieto. He is the first former Chief of Police in the country to be appointed as a District Attorney. The reason why this career crossover has never happened is because impartiality in prosecuting police cannot be guaranteed.

SFPD is withholding critical evidence from the public, including the names of the sergeant and officers involved in the shooting; number of shots fired; full original audio and transcripts of the 911 call(s) related to the incident; sergeant on-body camera video of the shooting; number of witnesses; witness statements; and the autopsy report. Meanwhile, officers responsible for the death of Alejandro Nieto are back on duty in the affected communities. San Franciscans are in fear of their lives from the police.

D.A. Gascón refuses to give any meaningful priority to the investigation of the killing of Alejandro Nieto. He has refused to take a proactive stance in securing critical evidence in the hours, days or weeks since the shooting of Alejandro Nieto. Instead on April 14, 2014, he mentioned to a Spanish speaking radio audience that the earliest investigation into this case might conclude a year from that date. D.A. Gascón is providing SFPD with ample time and opportunity to hide and manipulate evidence, and fabricate a story to cover up their unlawful behavior. He cannot be trusted to investigate the criminality of San Francisco police officers, who not long ago were under his charge.

IN 90 YEARS ONLY ONE POLICE OFFICER CRIMINALLY INDICTED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

In the last ninety years, in Northern California, only one police officer (Johannes Mehserle) has been indicted on criminal charges (for the murder of Oscar Grant), and he was freed less than a year after his conviction. Other egregious incidents of police brutality have taken place in recent years in the Bay Area, without consequence for police officers. For example, the police murders of Kenneth Harding Jr. (19 years old), Alan Blueford (18 years old), Andy Lopez (13 years old), Ernest Duenez, Jr. (34 years old), and the SF police assault on D’Paris Williams (20 years old). Police brutality in the Bay Area will not stop until there is serious criminal accountability from police officers for their unlawful acts of violence. There is no faith in the system, particularly not, if justice for Alejandro Nieto solely depends on the discretion of a former Chief of Police of San Francisco.

JUSTICE FOR ALEJANDRO NIETO CAN ONLY BE SECURED WITH AN OUTSIDE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION

We implore the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice to assure the rights of citizens and residents of San Francisco by leading a faithful, independent, and impartial investigation into the murder of Alejandro Nieto by officers of the San Francisco Police Department.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ALEX’S STORY at https://justice4alexnieto.org/alex-story/ 

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6 thoughts on “Petition

  1. A federal investigation should happen, police are not convicted when they commit a crime, the uniform and the badge mean nothing when a person wearing it makes a bias decision, at the end of the day when the uniform isn’t worn they are just like every other human being trying to sort out their lives. They are no different, but just because their occupation is one that ensures authority, they can decide to use and abuse the power that they are given very easily. I believe that always in these cases it’s going to take months even years for a federal investigation to happen and that’s really sad. I question why in these circumstances must it take longer for the family to seek some kind of resolve over the loss of their son. It’s pretty upsetting and I can imagine the grief his parents must be enduring every single day they live without their son and wait for answers. Times have changed, and whether it’s a cop doing unnecessary killings or someone who isn’t a cop committing a crime that can ruin the lives of an individual or their family, no one will ever understand the domino effect of bias thinking, ignorance and the power behind all that. We effect each others lives in some way and we either leave a scar on someone or a graceful memory. Alex was judged and once someone who was in the neighborhood saw him walking around, it became a problem and it suddenly became necessary for the police to step in, why, because Alex seemed out of place in the setting he was in. Someone’s bias thinking and ignorance cost Alex his life.

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