A Newark, N.J. woman who claims that city officers wrongfully arrested and abused her following a neighborhood party Oct. 23 has found support from The New Black Panther Party.

The support for Erika Hankerson was announced at a press conference Oct. 28 in front of Newark City Hall at which the New Black Panther Party voiced anger and dismay at the Newark Police.

“We’re tired of this,” Newark New Black Panther area leader Zayid Muhammad said at the news conference. “More people need to be tired. We want everybody to know what happened.”

Hankerson alleged that officers arrived at the party in response to a call about a fight, though she says no altercation ever took place. She said that while authorities were placing her in handcuffs, her clothes were torn and she was told to “shut the up and her Miranda rights.” Officers then proceeded to use chemical mace on her sister and niece. She was later charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, among other charges.

“Our demands here are clear,” Muhammad said in a statement. “All charges should be dropped, the officers involved should be terminated and the city should apologize to the Hankersons for what happened to Erika and, for their pathetic inability to reign in brutal police officers, the Justice Department should initiate a serious investigation of Newark Police and City council ought to implement an independent monitor to be a watchdog over police corruption and abuse.”

The Newark City Police Department released the following statement to the AFRO:

“While we take allegations of police brutality and misconduct very seriously, at this time there are no indications of any such incident occurring involving Newark Police. If it is later discovered that an incident took place we will then conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and determine the proper course of disciplinary and/or corrective actions.”

The incident occurred just seven months after Hankerson’s 15-year-old son was brutally beaten by city police.

According to New York’s ABC Eyewitness News, on March 24 Travis Rattrey was listening to his iPod outside his grandmother’s building when a friend tossed him a set of earphones. Shortly thereafter, undercover officer Angel Pered witnessed the exchange and proceeded to frisk Rattrey and check his pockets, finding nothing. When Rattrey pulled up his pants, the officer shoved the 10th grader into a glass door, breaking it. Pered and other officers present at the scene proceeded to beat Rattrey, a 15-year old honors student.

Hankerson, who was pregnant at the time, came out of the building and pleaded for the officers to stop the assault, but they continued to beat the boy. She later claimed that the incident caused her to have a miscarriage.

Rattrey suffered cuts on his chin and face, his braces tore through his lips and some of his dreadlocks were ripped out. The boy was later charged with aggravated assault of a police officer and resisting arrest.

Pered was suspended without pay following the beating and was indicted in May on charges of aggravated assault and use of excessive force. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.