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Petitions in Support of Marino, Police Reform Hit Web

Friends and family of deceased Quakertown man Michael W. Marino Jr., who was shot by a Perkasie Police officer on Saturday, have started petitions calling for police reform and justice

Three days after the shooting death by a Perkasie Police officer of Quakertown man Michael W. Marino Jr., 26, friends and family members have taken to Facebook and Change.org calling for justice and police reform.

A petition for justice for Marino and police reform has begun as a public event on Facebook. The petition itself has 529 supporters as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A similar petition has begun on Change.org as well. You can sign the "Petition for Justice and Police Reform to Respect Consitutional Rights" by clicking this highlighted link.

The Change.org petition was started by Stephen Reichman of Perkasie. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, it had 46 out of 500 signatures.

The petition's purpose on Change.org is as follows:

The police in Pennsylvania state range from nice, respectful individuals who keep people safe to intolerant dismissive individuals who make innocent people afraid of them, and in this particular case, killing an unarmed man.

The Facebook public event was started by Madicyn Marinaro.

The main purpose of the Facebook petition calls for citizens to stand together to show "the police distirct we want justice."

"Help my friend get what he deserves. I'm up for ideas how we can PEACEFULLY go about this. We deserve the right to speak up when the government has gone too far," wrote Marinaro.

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Kevin Wells June 13, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I thought I recognized that guy. He used to spam me on Facebook.
Kristina Applegate June 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM
This is ridiculous.... how about reform for outlawing bath salts instead. I know these people are grieving but get over yourselves. Keep your stupid opinions out of the public spotlight. This kid was out of control and was a threat to innocent people... you know it and we know it. HE was NOT the innocent one here. The cops did the right thing to keep the REST of the public safe. He screwed up and it didn't end well. Now that they've released that the bomb is tied to him you are crying deeper coverup. Take the tin foil hats off, grieve your loved one, grieve the way the mental health system failed him, and leave these cops alone. The rest of us people who are looking at this without blinders are extremely sick of this drivel now.
Avah Phillips June 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Wow Kristina I have never heard something more heartless in my entire life. Clearly you dont know the whole truth behind all this. And the bomb had NOTHING to do with Michael. That's just the cops way of trying to make a quick cover-up!
Rachael June 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Kristina- I believe the reasoning for the group was for people to post memories about Michael.As for the cops doing the "right" thing there were other means of controlling a mentally unstable man, pepper spray, taser, etc, one shot to the chest should be a last resort.
Tori June 14, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Maybe all the people telling everyone to keep their opinions to themselves should take their own advice! obviously you people don't have all the facts..no one does. Its not fair for all of you to make accusations about this man. Has anyone ever heard of a little thing called respect? Let's wait for the investigation to be done and allow this poor family time to grieve. At least give them that much. How would you feel if it was your son or brother that had these mental health problems and he was killed? I'm sure you would be singing a much different tune.
Kristina Applegate June 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I would be singing a much different tune, you are right! I'd be keeping my mouth shut! People are sick of hearing how the cops are all pigs and planted a "bomb" that wasn't even a bomb in a thermos to try to justify the shooting. You all are completely disregarding everything that this young man did that day that led up to the shooting. If all these people would keep their mouths shut and wait for the investigation to be complete, so would everyone else!
Get Real June 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
None of you short minded people were at the scene of the incident. You are all quick to hang the officers involved. If a person is willing to lunge at a police officer after making threats that person is playing with fire. There's a good chance you'll get burned. It's unfortunate but this young man made a very poor decision. Do you honestly think the officer wanted to take someones life, he most likely was doing what was needed to protect his own and the citizens in the town he protects.
Mommy June 14, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Amen Kristina! Thank you for speaking up. All Anyone can think About right now is how this guy (he was 26... A man... Not a kid like people keep saying) was "unjustifiably" killed by police. We will find out if it was justified or not when ALL of the facts come out. A cop isn't going to shoot someone just because they think they're tough. This guy threatened people's lives and the bomb was near druckenmiller field.... Where my child has little league practice. Glad he's off the streets. Unfortunately he was removed the way he was... He should have been in custody or a hosptial before all of this. But he wasn't... He made his choices that day... Drug influenced or not... They cost him his life.
Get Real June 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Relax, let the facts come out. You weren't there, your basing your anger on rumors and hear say, your itching to argue and point fingers. As all police shootings are, it will be investigated. People seem to think that these officers were out looking to kill someone. Take a deep breath and try to be non-biased. There are witnesses and multiple sides of this story. People should try to be a little less implusive, nobody is happy this happened but this lynch mob mentality against the police is disgusting.
Eddie June 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
He was UNARMED! There were THREE officers on the scene with more on the way. It's all you yahoo shoot em up idiots out there that need to shut up. We don't need our local police officers shooting and killing a local young citizen during a type of incident that police officers around the country encounter and manage on a daily basis without even having to draw their weapon. Doylestown Police had 117 rounds fired at them by an angry, suicidal, steroid fueled suspect and he was walked off in handcuffs without nearly a scratch. And do you really believe that DA Heckler's office will conduct an investigation that will not favor the officers’ actions -- come on, get real -- the ruling is already predetermined; "justifiable"

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