Justice for Rose Marie Samuels and her son

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Two years ago Rose Marie Samuels's middle-school-aged son was hit by a car on his bike while crossing a pedestrian crosswalk on Bartlett Road and the person driving the car did not stop and has not to be identified. It was posted on Facebook by a witness that a black twelve-year-old middle school student was hit by a woman in a white BMW while crossing Bartlett Road on Nantucket. Rose Marie's son had to go to the hospital and is still suffering physical and mental pain from this incident. 

Rose Marie tried to contact the local Nantucket Police for 2 years and never once heard back from them. She had to do her own research at the school and the Steamship Authority to try and get justice but was always just told to contact the NPD. 

When Rose Marie went to the Select Board meeting on March 11th, 2020 to ask for help, she was silenced by the board and talked to in a disrespectful way. You can watch the video of Rose Marie speaking at the Select Board meeting and hear the board's response from minute 27-minute 40. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDcS-SZ48yY&fbclid=IwAR24vWJTzTGZYnp9YMijpCvb1xMbwx4tr8migDc5Fsamb32bbwwHH0HYgNs&app=desktop 

We respectfully request an update from the Nantucket Police Department on Rose Marie's son's case and we request a direct apology from the Select Board to Rose Marie at the next Select Board meeting. The Select Board must make a commitment to doing better as they go forward.

Rose Marie Samuels and her son deserve justice and they deserve to be heard and valued as part of the community. Systematic racism on Nantucket must be confronted and anti-racism work in the community must be done.