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today's action Fire the Officer Who Maced Handcuffed Teens

Have you seen the video that shows a police officer from Alton, IL, pepper spraying two handcuffed teenagers while they sit calmly in a jail cell?

That's right — these teens were already detained and handcuffed, posing no visible or imminent threat to the police officer in question. In the footage, the officer stands at least four feet away from the teens, and then suddenly attacks one of them. He then leaves as the boy, still handcuffed and unable to touch his face, squirms in agony. Worst of all, it took more than two months before anyone mentioned this incident to the Chief.

For today's Daily Action, sign the petition to call on Police Chief Simmons to immediately fire the officer who attacked the teens, and suspend those who knowingly dragged their feet with the report. Police brutality cannot be tolerated or ignored.

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If for some reason you choose not to take the action above, please take a look at our alternative action.

alternative action Tell LA: Stop Giving Homeless Money to Police!

Over half of the $100 million that Los Angeles spends each year on homelessness goes to the police. It's policies like these that contribute to over criminalization of the homeless, instead of efforts to help get them off the streets.

For today's Secondary Action, sign the petition to ask Los Angeles City Council to redirect funds from police to instead put that $50 million toward affordable housing solutions and other much-needed services for the homeless.

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