Target: District Attorney Richard A. Brown
Goal: To seek justice for Sunando Sen’s death in a hate crime committed by 31-year-old Erika Menendez.
Sunando Sen, a 46-year-old Indian immigrant, was pushed onto the Subway tracks this week because he was believed to be Muslim. It has been established that Sen had done nothing to provoke his attacker, and that this was a crime executed out of religious hatred. In a statement to the police, perpetrator Erika Menendez claimed “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims. Ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” Clearly this was not the first time she attacked someone because of religious beliefs, and she must be condemned for her actions. The fact that over ten years later, people are still being harassed because of 9/11 is unacceptable. Menendez should serve life in prison for what she has done.
As we have seen in multiple cases in the news recently, there is also an issue of mental illness at hand, as Menendez was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had recently been off her medication. Menendez has been arrested multiple times in the past for violence as well as drug possession. Because she has not been kept in custody, that violence has been able to escalate to murder. The government not only needs to handle violent cases like these more seriously, but needs to have a better solution for monitoring mentally unstable individuals, especially those with a criminal past.
Not only should Menendez’s sentence be based on a conviction of first degree premeditated murder, but she should be made an example of; intolerance has no place in a civilized society, and anti-Muslim sentiments cannot continue. This goes beyond the ethical matter of prejudice, as it is an issue of safety and quality of life for those who are constantly being attacked for religious beliefs. The fact that Menendez outright stated her hatred highlights the need for punitive action to be taken.
By signing this petition, you are showing your support for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in his pursuit of justice against Erika Menendez and her hate crime.
Dear District Attorney Richard Brown,
I am writing to you to show my support of your persecution of Erika Menendez for the hate crime murder of Sunando Sen. I know that you will do your best to seek justice for this horrible crime. I ask that you push for a conviction based on first degree premeditated murder, as it has been made clear that this is not the first time she has attacked someone based on religious beliefs and that she fully intended to harm Mr. Sen.
While I am aware that the ultimate outcome is out of your hands, the press surrounding this case is already spreading, and you can use this opportunity to help spread awareness towards hate crimes. Menendez must be made an example of, as hate crimes are intolerable and must be persecuted at the highest level. We are a nation based on values of acceptance, the “Melting Pot” nation, and violence based on prejudices cannot be allowed. I wish you luck in your case against Erika Menendez and hope that justice will be served.
[Your Name Here]
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