…Willie Payne hosting Town Hall on Race & Law Enforcement Jan. 24

Former Pontiac Mayor Willie Payne hosting Town Hall on Race and Law Enforcement Jan. 24Ferndale 115_FFL

(Willie Payne Press Release, Jan. 15, 2015)

UPDATE – this event has been moved to Jan. 31 due to an emergency funeral at the church.

With the unfortunate deadly shootings of unarmed black teenagers by white police officers across America, veteran police officer, author, and former Pontiac, Michigan mayor, Dr. Willie W. Payne will hold his first in a series of town hall style meetings on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2-5 p.m. at Monument of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 378 Auburn Ave. Pontiac, to discuss what citizens should do when confronted by police.

Having served 17 years as a patrol officer, having authored a book exposing the truth of a case sideADpinkinvolving the shooting of an unarmed black Oakland University student by white police officer, and having been personally victimized by Arizona Police, Payne will share vital information that could possibly help save lives.

“As certain as there is a need for law enforcement reform, it is equally important that citizens respect authority and know how to properly respond when approached by police,” explained Payne. “I’m making a special appeal for all citizens to attend, especially young black men and their parents.”

Payne’s book, The Todd Road Incident, is a true story about Pontiac’s 21-year-old Sahara ad with wineChristopher Taylor who was shot by Montgomery, Alabama police during a funeral aftermath. Police claim Taylor tried to take an officer’s gun when he was shot. Payne was instrumental in exposing the truths of this case and helped prevent the family from going to prison for a crime the family was falsely accused of.

The event is open to the public. A $10 donation for the book supports future town hall meetings.

Leaflets with information on how to respond to police will be provided.

 

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