Petition to Condemn the Conviction of Anthony Pierce

On May 6th, 2010, Anthony Pierce was convicted for murdering a man he never even met; An officer who veered off the road across town while on his way to a crime.

On Feburary 19th, 2009, Officer Richard Matthews of Wilmington, North Carolina died in a vehicular collision. He swerved off the road, across several lanes, at a high rate of speed and crashed into a tree.

He was avoiding a discarded cardboard box in the middle of the road.

Officer Matthews was on his way to join a car chase being led by Anthony Pierce, who was suspected of possessing marijuana. Officer Matthews was not taking part in the chase, and was some distance away from the scene of said chase.

Anthony Pierce's case contained no opening statement from his lawyer, and featured testimony from other Officers addressing the fact that Officer Matthews was a great man.

The trial also featured dashboard camera footage of Officer Matthew's moment of death.

On May 6th, 2010, Anthony Pirece was convicted of murdering a man he never knew of, never met, and did nothing to.

Would Officer Matthews, a police officer, really want justice perverted in such a way?

This petition seeks to call Congress, The House of Representatives, and President Barack Obama to take action concerning the case of Anthony Pierce.

We ask for a non-binding resolution that condemns the initial charges, the indictment, and the verdict in this case.

We also ask for an immediate pardon for Anthony Pierce, applying only to his conviction for second degree murder.

This is a dangerous precedent for the United States of America, and it is highly likely that if this verdict is not overturned, others will risk conviction for murders that were clearly never committed.

We do not wish to see an America that puts people in prison for murder because an Officer of the Law had a freak accident on the way to arrest them.