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Michael Brown petition has 100,000 signatures; the White House must respond


Protesters marched Tuesday in Ferguson, Mo., for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(This post has been updated with White House comment.)

A White House petition created days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., surpassed 100,000 signatures, the threshold that now requires the Obama administration to respond.

Posted to the White House’s “We the People” page, the petition calls for all police to wear cameras. The creator, “J.C” from Hephzibah, Georgia called it the “Mike Brown Law.”

Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera. Due to the latest accounts of deadly encounters with police, We the People, petition for the Mike Brown Law. Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera. The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct(i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions.

On Tuesday night, the petition cleared 100,000 signers and as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, it had 127,777 signatures.

Since the Aug. 9 shooting of the unarmed teenager, there have been widespread calls for police to wear cameras on their vests. If Officer Darren Wilson had one on when he shot Brown, so many questions about how the shooting unfolded could perhaps be answered.

Ferguson police said Tuesday in a statement that the department would raise money to purchase cameras for police vests and for the police cruiser dashboards.

President Obama has been cautious so far in his comments about the Brown shooting and the resulting protests and riots that have rocked Ferguson since then. “When they’re conducting an investigation, I’ve got to make sure that I don’t look like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other,” Obama said Monday.

An administration official told the Loop in an e-mail that it would respond to the Michael Brown petition, but did not offer a time frame.

“Every petition that crosses the threshold is reviewed by the appropriate staff and receives a response,” the official wrote.

Other petitions with more than 100,000 signatures awaiting an official administration response include: “Pardon Snowden, “Declare Muslim Brotherhood as a Terrorist Organization” and “Condemn the Apartheid State of Israel for their Human Rights Violations against the Palestinian peoples.”

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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