Day 2 of 8 Days for Ethan.
TODAY’S GOAL: Flood the FBI with Letters asking for investigation into the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
I’m not going to retype the whole letter here – but clearly, there is a pattern of abuse-of-authority and inappropriate law enforcement behavior in the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. I’m not going so far as to say that all of the examples below involve officer wrongdoing, but I am saying that this is an unusual pattern of involvement in brutality for a Sheriff’s office.
1998 – 2001: Around 2001, the FBI conducted an inquiry into the 1998 beating, by Frederick County Sheriff Deputies, of a diabetic man who was “driving erratically”. Results of FBI inquiry not publicly known.
2007: Frederick County Sheriff Deputy Rudolph Torres uses taser to kill 20 year-old Jarrel Gray. Civil Suits in this matter are still ongoing.
2008-2010: Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins cuts $220,200 from training budget (according to interview with WTOP Radio)
2009: Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins cuts $142,000 from training budget (according to interview with WTOP Radio)
2010: Frederick County Sheriff Deputy Timothy Brooks and Nathan Rector violate a family’s rights when they unlawfully shoot rounds into a family’s home, and without any threat, shot up their chocolate lab. (The family was just awarded $620,000 in damages by a jury. See, Roger Jenkins, et al. v. Timothy Brooks, et al. Case No. 10-C-10-003778).
January 2013: Frederick County Sheriff Deputies fired 18 rounds to kill a 19 year old boy while serving a warrant in Mt. Airy, Maryland. (I do not know whether this incident has been investigated outside Frederick County Sheriff’s office yet).
The FBI has jurisdiction to investigate Police Brutality and allegations of conflict of interest. So, on Day 2 of “8 Days For Ethan”, we are going to use our 15 minutes to ask the FBI to do exactly that.
If you want to spend more time, by all means do so. These action items are geared towards someone that only has 15 minutes a day to act – while a baby is napping, while the coffee is brewing, etc.
The letter attached below is just a template. Yes, it is lengthy – in my experience, letters that precisely express the reason for a concern are most likely to yield action by an agency of the federal government.
By all means, though, edit or tweak the letter to fit your particular needs, situation, etc. I’ve attached the letter in Word and PDF file formats to allow you to do just that.
Step 1: Send letter to FBI Director (Total Time: 3 minutes)
Here is a copy of the letter to FBI Director Mueller. Print it out and sign it. Be sure to include your name and contact information so that the FBI has to respond to you – and so they that take your letter seriously.
MS Word Version of Letter: FBI Director (Word)
PDF Version of Letter: FBI Director (PDF)
Step 2: Send Letter to FBI Special Agent in Charge, FBI Baltimore Field Office (Total Time: 3 minutes)
Here is a copy of the letter to the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Field Office in Baltimore, Maryland, Stephen E. Vogt.
You can send it by email, fax or regular mail. I recommend all 3, if you can:
Fax: (410) 277 – 6677
Email: [email protected]
Address: In Letter
Be sure to include your name and contact information so that the FBI has to respond to you – and so they that take your letter seriously.
MS Word Version of Letter: Baltimore SAC (Word)
PDF Version of Letter: Baltimore SAC (PDF)
Step 3: Send letter to FBI Resident Agency in Frederick Maryland (Total Time: 3 minutes).
Here is a copy of the letter to the head of the Frederick “satellite”, called a Resident Agency, in Frederick, Maryland.
Print it out and sign it. Be sure to include your name and contact information so that the FBI has to respond to you – and so they that take your letter seriously.
MS Word Version of Letter: Frederick RA (Word)
PDF Version of Letter: Frederick RA (PDF)
Step 4: SHARE, SHARE, SHARE ON Social Media (Total Time: 6 minutes)
This is the most important step. One letter is not enough. Five letters are not enough.
To show the FBI that there is community tension about this incident, we need hundreds — thousands — of letters on this topic.
Otherwise, we are just a couple of pesky social activists without an Army. Will you join Ethan’s Army? Will you March for Ethan?
If the answer is “Yes”, please share this link on any and every social media forum you participate in. All the necessary links are below this post.
Once you have sent the letters, add to the comment section where you shared the link: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google +1, etc.
If you Tweet, use the hashtag #JusticeforEthan – so that we can follow and retweet.
When you hear back from the FBI – any of these offices – please email me at dad at littlebirdsdad dot com so that I can track whether or not the FBI is being responsive and, if not, can contact the appropriate congressional oversight office.by