Target: Michael S. Inserra, Police Chief of the New Hartford Police Department
Goal: Prevent violent beatings conducted by a church congregation by shutting down this radical establishment.
Six members of a church’s congregation have been charged for the murder of a 19-year-old man and the brutal beating of a 17-year-old boy. During a confessional meeting, the two brothers were expected to confess to sins and ask for forgiveness while being brutally attacked and beaten. This church should not be allowed to operate. We must speak up now to protect innocent lives from such cruel and extreme methods of counseling.
The Word of Life Church, located in New Hartford, New York, is the location of these brutal beatings. Nineteen-year-old Lucas Leonard was beaten to critical condition in the church and died soon after. Lucas’ 17-year-old brother, Christopher, was hospitalized for serious injuries. The brothers’ parents, Bruce and Deborah, are both charged with first degree manslaughter. Both of the parents were present during the beating.
According to locals, the beliefs and practices of this church are very mysterious. The congregation ranges from 50 to 60 people and sometimes the members of the church dress in black trench cloaks. Neighbors have even referred to the congregation as cult-like. By signing this petition, you are urging the local police to investigate the practices of the Word of Life Church and disband the group if they are guilty of conducting illegal or harmful methods of worship and counseling.
Dear Chief Inserra,
As I’m sure you’re aware, a tragic incident occurred recently at the Word of Life Church in New Hartford that ended in a 19-year-old boy dying from blunt force trauma and a 17-year-old being hospitalized for critical injuries. No church of worship should ever operate counseling sessions in this manner. These boys did not deserve this type of harsh punishment.
It is clear that this congregation is doing something wrong if their children are being beaten. According to locals, the congregation is very secretive about their practices and gatherings. For the safety of the church and those involved in the church’s community, I urge you to please investigate into the practices and events of the Word of Life Church in order to assure that this congregation does not pose a threat to themselves or others. Furthermore, for the justice of these two brothers, I beg you to disband the Word of Life Church.
[Your Name Here]
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