Below is the letter we’ll send to Mayor Karen Bass
Justice for Keenan Anderson
Police stole the life of another Black man — Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old father, brother, schoolteacher, and beloved community member.
On Jan. 3, Keenan was in a minor traffic accident in Venice, California. He flagged down police for help and then was treated like a criminal. He was chased, held face down on the asphalt, and repeatedly tased by the Los Angeles Police Department as he begged for his life. He went into cardiac arrest and died. His death is the third at the hands of the LAPD so far this year. Each victim needed help, not the kind of violence with which the LAPD responded.
Body camera footage edited and released by police shows that officers struggling to arrest Keenan repeatedly stunned him with a taser at the site of a traffic accident, delivering roughly 50,000-volt shocks with each use. He was then taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he died.
Let's be clear: Keenan should be alive right now. His 6-year-old son will grow up without his father. We cannot allow police violence to continue killing our loved ones and destroying our families and communities.
In partnership with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, we're calling on LA Mayor Karen Bass not to reappoint Police Chief Michel Moore. We need your help to do it.
5 Demands for #KeenanAnderson
- Remove LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who is trying to justify Keenan's murder and has misled LAPD into killing more people than any other law enforcement unit in the nation.
- Pull police out of traffic and all other places they obviously don't belong, including mental health, schools, parks, and housing.
- Restrict the use of tasers. “Less lethal” does not mean non-lethal.
- Release the unedited footage of Keenan's murder and make unedited videos of police killings and violence available as a matter of policy
- End qualified immunity that shields police from accountability.
Here is the Petition:
Dear Mayor Karen Bass and LA City Council,
Keenan Anderson should be alive right now. His 6-year-old son will grow up without his father. We cannot allow police violence to continue killing our loved ones and destroying our families and communities.
That's why I demand you not reappoint Police Chief Michel Moore. We also want you to remove police officers from traffic stops, accidents, schools, and responses to mental health crises. Chief Moore repeatedly has demonstrated that he is not concerned about holding cops accountable or enforcing de-escalation protocols on the street. He insists the harm and abuses his officers perpetrate are "necessary." His officers rarely are disciplined, even if a police shooting is designated out of policy.
Our people deserve life-affirming, care-first responses to mental health crises that prioritize the public's safety and address the root causes of harm.