Nalani Johnson was much like any other toddler. She was just starting out in life, often wore her hair in two pigtails, looked great in pink, and had a grandmother and family who adored her. But on August 31, 2019, she was abducted in the Penn Hills area of Pittsburgh, PA despite her father immediately calling 911, it took hours for the AMBER Alert to issue. By then, it was too late. Nalani’s abductor had killed her and abandoned her body in an adjacent county.
Her grandmother, Taji Walsh, wants answers. This tragedy could have been avoided, she says, if the public had been alerted sooner. Chaffin Luhana agrees, so we’ve taken on this case pro-bono, drafted a proposed amendment to the law, and started a petition to change things for the good of the children of Pennsylvania. To do this, we need your help.
Other children across the nation have suffered the same fate. They deserve better, so we’re banding together with concerned parents and community members to encourage the Pennsylvania Legislature to pass the “Nalani Johnson Rule”—an amendment to our state’s Amber Alert System allowing for expedited alerts in cases like Nalani’s.
Chaffin Luhana wants to help avoid tragedies such as those that befell Nalani and her family by urging the Pennsylvania Legislature to pass the Nalani Johnson Rule. This proposed amendment would allow law enforcement to immediately activate an AMBER Alert in the case of abducted children under the age of 13—even in the absence of certain criteria.
"For children under age 13," the amendment reads, "if a parent or family member reports that their child was abducted by a non-parent or non-family member, there shall be a presumption, absent immediately clear evidence to the contrary, that the Particularly Vulnerable Child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death and the Missing Endangered Person Advisory System shall be immediately activated without additional investigation prior to the activation of the Amber Alert System."
Should this amendment be passed, law enforcement will be able to issue AMBER Alerts much more quickly in cases like Nalani’s, potentially saving the lives of innocent children in the future.