Jay Hollingsworth, co-chair of the John T. Williams Organizing Committee that arose in response to this incident, writes:

Here is the petition that will go directly to KC Prosecutor's Dan Satterberg's office. We want charges brought against Ian Birk so that the full weight of the Law will go into effect. The case against him is fairly strong and the Inquest will show that the choices he made were wrong. It will also be shown that John T. Williams probably closed his knife just before he was shot. That is why the knife was found closed. That is why the firearms review board"s preliminary report spoke about the shooting being unjustified. I believe he does not have the mental agility to be a police officer. I do not think he deserves to have a badge. I believe that the training and policies that failed him, need revising and some humanity injected into the hearts and minds of the police force. They are too quick to anger, some have irrational fear, which brings them too quick to violence. I am not without empathy for the police, some have been brutally targeted. I have donated to the children and families of the fallen officers. I want to work for a better police force, well-trained, well-equipped; healthy, mentally and physically. The ownership society that owns the Federal Government is too greedy to tax themselves so that the men and women that are public servants, soldiers and workers can not be paid what their service is worth.

The petition is here and they're trying to get 12,000 signatures.

I'm reluctant to say prosecutors should file charges because—hell—I don't know the details of the case. Yes, the evidence looks damning, and then more damning and then more damning still, but only the prosecutors can assess if that behavior occurred within an officer's scope of work. But I'm able to overcome the reluctance right now. The Seattle Police Department has all the symptoms of being infected with poor judgment when it comes to use of force. The Office of Professional Accountability, the department's internal disciplinary system, is a slow and, obviously, not preventing a rash of outrageous behavior.

For the sake of showing Seattle that other law enforcement officials, prosecutors, are serious about making cops accountable, press charges and let the courts sort it out. And if that takes a petition—again, not the ideal method for a handling an alleged misconduct case—so be it.