Target: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey
Goal: Drop charges against Wendell Joyner, who was arrested and charged after reportedly trying to rescue his dogs from his burning home.
Wendell Joyner was arrested in Brevard County after he allegedly rushed into his burning home to rescue his three dogs. Firefighters tried to restrain him, but he reportedly made repeated attempts to enter his home. He was not successful, but firefighters were able to locate and rescue the frightened animals. Joyner received treatment at the hospital, and then was taken to the Brevard County Jail where he was slapped with two charges: disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
In their defense, the firefighters claim that they suspected Joyner was intoxicated when they arrived. This made them fearful of what he might do to himself or others after picking up a fireman’s ax to break a window, in hopes of reaching his dogs. However, the homeowner insists that the authorities used too much force, as he received injuries to his face when they restrained him.
The sheriff deputies consider the charge minor compared to the felony charge they could have slapped him with for allegedly picking up a fireman’s axe. However, the authorities should really consider the distress the man must have been in. We understand that he put his life in danger, but he was on his own personal property, and had only good intentions. He did not cause intentional harm to anyone, in spite of his alleged intoxication. He merely wanted to save his dogs.
Show your support for his bravery by signing this petition to urge the Sheriff to drop the charges against the homeowner. “I was trying to save my dogs,” Joyner said in defense of his actions. We believe this is enough.
Dear Sheriff Ivey,
I am writing to express my deepest sympathies for Wendell Joyner, who was arrested by your deputies after rushing into his burning home to save his dogs. While I understand that he endangered his life by doing so, he had nothing but the best intentions. Wouldn’t you rush into a burning building to save your family, friends, or pets if you knew they might burn alive inside?
Joyner was confronted with this very situation on January 20th, when he saw his house going up in flames, and acted bravely to save his dogs. With this context in mind, we believe his actions were reasonable, and not uncommon of people faced with this dilemma.
We urge you to drop the charges against Joyner, who has already suffered injuries from the fire and your men–not to mention the emotional distress of losing his home and personal possessions. To suffer criminal charges in addition to his great loss seems not only unnecessary, but cruel.
[Your Name Here]
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