By Hawa Bah, mother of Mohamed Bah, and Eric Vassell, father of Saheed Vassell
Our message is clear: Take the police out of mental health response and invest in culturally competent mental health infrastructure that Black and other New Yorkers of color deserve. We do not want any more families to suffer as we have.
To councilmembers and others who invoke Mohamed and Saheed's names: Thank you for remembering our sons. We are asking you to listen to us, and stop Intro 2210 from advancing. Please don't use Mohamed and Saheed's names to justify a bill that would not have saved their lives, and that we oppose.