Dear Wanda Johnson:
Greetings from Mr. And Mrs. William and Valerie Bell from the other side of the country, New York City! We would like to send our deepest condolences to you and your family for the sudden loss of Oscar Grant. As parents who have lost a son unexpectedly from the hands of the Police Department, we can definitely empathize with the pain and suffering you and your family are going through right now. You all are in definitely in our prayers, and we stand in solidarity with you as you all pursue the justice we are still trying to get for our son, Sean Elijah Bell.
The senseless murders of our young people by the hands of the police have been going on for far too long now, and I am willing to do whatever I can do to make sure these incidents happen Never Again! As founder of a new organization, Mother of Never Again (M.O.N.A), we will make sure our voices will be heard, so that these policemen and politicians understand that our children are human beings, not some type of savages you hunt down in the woods! Ms. Johnson, if there’s anything I can do to further your cause, please let me know.
Although we have a new administration coming to Washington, DC on Tuesday, the police brutality and murders of our young people—from Oscar Grant to Adolph Grimes in New Orleans—will not end unless we all take a stand! It is my hope that we can all come together and work to attain this common goal, and I pray that you will receive the justice that your family and Oscar sorely deserves. Again, you are in our prayers as you and your family go through this long and trying time.
“God will get the Glory while Sean Elijah Bell gets his rightful story”….We hope Oscar will, too.
Mrs. Valerie Bell
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