A petition claiming Boston bombing suspects Tamerlane Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are “wrongfully accused” has gotten over 2,900 signatures.
The Change.org petition, allegedly started by a girl in Chicago, claims 19-year-old Dzhokhar “is innocent until proven guilty.” It implored President Barack Obama to “get to the bottom of this” because “We want evidence.” It claims "two young men were wrongfully accused of something they did not do."
The petition addresses President Obama stating: “Petition to guarantee Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the right to a fair trial.”
“It is vital to end this persecution, as all the conflicting information shown by the media, and footage from the incident, seen by people from all corners of the world, doesn’t manifest itself as enough evidence to condemn Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of this heinous crime,” the petition says.
Those who have signed appear to live all over the world. People have given their full names, locations, and commented on why they signed.
“At this point this looks like a set-up to me,” Nicholas Giolas, who says he is from Toronto, Canada, wrote. “The brothers both were just suspects, but were treated as if they have been accused guilty already.”
“There is no hard evidence ANYWHERE of him or his brother committing acts of terror,” wrote Lacey Kramer of Kansas City, Kan.
A man claiming to be a Bostonian himself, Malalei Safi, wrote: “[They] silenced Tamerlan's voice, now trying to do the same with his brother - a dead human can't tell a tale, right? Give him a fair - trial - let him speak FREELY - don't make people lose faith in what the US tries to claim to stand for.”
Change.org, The Daily Caller reported, receives donations from Amnesty International and the Humane Society. “We’re big fans of free speech. Everyone on Change.org has the right to express their point of view, even if it’s unpopular,” states their Community Guidelines.
The petition does not appear to violate Change.org guidelines. “We reserve the right — at all times, and for any reason — to edit or remove any material and/or suspend the account of any user,” it says.
The petition is still gaining signatures, and now has nearly 3,000 supporters.