Mothers Whose Children Have Been Arrested, Killed by Police Meet to Organize

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Donna Heyward, whose son has been incarcerated for 24 years, speaks to mothers at a pre-Mother’s Day gathering Saturday for mothers whose children have been killed by police or have been targeted by ICE or New York Police Department gang raids. Heyward is also the wife of Nicholas Heyward Sr., whose son Nicholas Jr. was killed by NYPD Officer Brian George in 1994.

The mother never wanted to talk in public about what happened to her son.

For 24 years — since her then-17-year-old son Ronald was pulled off a bus in Washington, D.C., charged and eventually convicted of murder — Donna Heyward always avoided recounting the pain of losing her oldest child to the criminal justice system . . .

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