On Malcolm X Day, May 19, 2004, People Against Police Violence
(PAPV) held a press conference in which they demanded that Stephen A. Zappala, DA of Allegheny County to resign from all cases of police violence and that Governor Rendell name a special prosecutor.
Several survivors of police violence also spoke at the press conference, including the father of Michael Ellerbe
, the sister of Charles Dixon
and the mother of Bernard Rogers
. PAPV director Renee Wilson read a letter from the family of Andrea Umphrey
, the woman who was killed during a police shootout in Monroeville a few weeks ago.
PAPV members also demanded that Mary Beth Buchanan, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, release the findings in the Michael Ellerbe case and to file charges against the police officers responsible for the death of Ellerbe.