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White House backs body cameras for cops

MdTA Cops by Elliott Plack via Flickr. (cc by 2.0)

MdTA Cops by Elliott Plack via Flickr. (cc by 2.0)

via Politico:

Responding to a petition after the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri, the White House says it supports the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers.

“As Ferguson continues to heal as a community, this Administration will continue to work to ensure that our justice system, across the country, is truly just,” the response released on Monday read. “We’ll continue to work to support the use of video technology, review and evaluate law enforcement agencies that use it, and continue to engage in discussions about how this technology impacts policing, communities, and public safety.”

The original petition has gained about 154,700 signatures. A petition is required to receive 100,000 signatures before the White House is required to respond. Roy L. Austin Jr., the deputy assistant to the president for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity in the Domestic Policy Council, wrote the response.

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Student Petitions High School to Include Picture of Him and His Cat With Lasers in Yearbook


A memory to cherish forever.

via Laughing Squid:

Schenectady High School senior Draven Rodriguez posted an online petition asking his school to include a photo of him holding a cat against a laser background in the class of 2015 yearbook. Rodriguez explained on the petition page itself that the school had not yet rejected the photo, and this move was a “pre-emptive strike.”

The petition well exceeded its initial goal of 500 signatures, likely due to national attention to the story, but the school has said that while the photo can be included in the yearbook it won’t be allowed to be Rodriguez’s senior portrait.

Read the original post.

Check out/sign the petition.

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A Petition To Have Bigfoot Declared An Endangered Species

A Mr. Ken N. of Chesterfield, Missouri established a petition on whitehouse.gov this week asking the Obama Administration to grant Bigfoot protected status. However, the president will not be forced to broach the issue unless the signature tally, which right now stands at a few dozen, gains some steam. The petition reads:

The cryptid known as Bigfoot should be here on out recognized as an endangered species by the Obama administration and the United States of America. Bigfoot also known as the “Sasquatch or Yeti” is in danger of becoming extinct.

We the people petition the Obama administration to recognize “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch” as an American species of animal. We plea with the Obama administration to recognize Bigfoot or Sasquatch as an American species of animal as soon as possible and put it on the endangered species list.

Research is an ongoing effort in the field of studying this creature, and one day it will be discovered and shown to the American public.

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