Justice for Falcon
Honorable Catherine Cholakis and Honorable Elizabeth Marie Walsh,
On Sunday April 6, 2014, a crime happened in the Tracy Street Park located at the corner of Broadway and Tracy streets in Rensselaer. This crime continues to have a profound impact on the community as a whole. It was on this day that Falcon Seney, an 18 year old woman with disabilities was assaulted by a group of children. Falcon has an innocence that you can see by speaking to her, yet she has shown true grace, and courage when she has met with the local news stations. As of today, News Channel 13 (WNYT) and News Channel 6 (WRGB) have covered her story. We ask that you find it in your heart to sentence the juveniles responsible for this crime to the maximum sentence allowed by law. While bullying is a factor in this case, the bigger factor is the fact that a defenseless person was attacked. The circumstances could have been deadly, but thankfully were not. I’m aware that in order to be placed in detention center, there are certain criteria that must be met, thanks to juvenile justice reform; however, this case is one that should be looked at differently. This group of children that performed this heinous act is a threat to the well-being and safety of not only the children in Rensselaer, but also the adults that they feel the need to attack. Please give the attackers, the toughest sentence allowable by law for this crime. Please give Falcon, the justice that she deserves.