Erika Hankerson Press Conference (Newark, NJ Police Misconduct)

October 28, 2010 –  Newark NJ: The New Black Panther Party held a emergency press conference in defense of Erika Hankerson, a mother traumatized by Newark police. The conference was 12 noon at Newark City Hall. Area Panther leader Zayid Muhammad spoke for the family who is already in litigation for the beating of Hankerson’s son Travis Rattray and plan to sue for this incident. The police officer involved in the beating of the 14 year old boy is facing criminal police brutality charges outlined in an indictment returned by an Essex County Grand Jury. See more information on the police misconduct incident with Travis here.

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About Michael T. McPhearson

Currently Michael is executive director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition, A Saint Louis based coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He works closely with the Newark based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle. Michel also publishes the expressing his views on war and peace, politics, human rights, race and other things. Michael also launched website as an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful communities.