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THE POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL!

FREEDOM OR DEATH

A message to all members of the African People of Love
THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY

NATIONAL MINISTRY OF CULTURE

PO BOX 25332, NEWARK, NJ 07101

BABAZAYID@YAHOO.COM

973 809 4604

November 27, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL!

Today, November 27th, the New Black Panther Party will join the Peoples Organization for Progress, for a citywide march and rally demanding a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the Newark Police Department.

Marchers will assemble at Broad and Market Sts. at 12 noon.

Both organizations are supporting a 96page petition by the American Civil Liberties Union documenting 407 cases of police abuse just within two and a half year period!

The march and rally takes place against the background of the New Black Panther Party just coming e to the defense of Erika Hankerson again, who was falsely arrested and harassed just several weeks ago. Hankerson is the mother of Travis Rattray, the 15year old Newark youth beaten savagely by an undercover Newark police officer on videotape some months ago.

The march and rally takes on added focus as just this past Wednesday, the Irvington Police Department attacked a peaceful assemblage organized by the Newark AntiViolence Coalition (NAVC). That gathering was to condemn the recent shooting of Saleenah Baines, a pregnant mother of three and coalition member, on Myrtle and Madison Avenue.

The rally was at the site of the shooting.

Under the pathetic direction of Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase himself, the police arrested six coalition members, several female
members were senselessly maced. One female member was punched in the
face and separated from her young son and arrested.

“The Coalition went out of their way to work with City leadership, elected
and law enforcement, to prevent anything like from happening, right up
until the day before the rally,” explained Zayid Muhammad, of the New
Black Panther Party.

“The police response, over 50 deep, from several different specialized squads, was all done in legal language in ‘bad faith’ to say the least, and whole lot of people could have gotten hurt on
both sides, and police leadership ought to be held accountable,” he
finished angrily.

The Irvington attack underscores the organizers broadening their Justice Department call to not just investigate the Newark Police Department, but the patterns of abuse in neighboring forces like Irvington’s.

The Party’s letter to the Justice Department is annexed.

For more information on the march and rally, please call 973 801 0001…

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