William Mercer Letter to Editor- Police Board (Newark Evening News March 21, 1963)

Letter to the Editor of the Newark Evening News on March 21, 1963 from William Mercer regarding the controversy over a proposed police advisory board. Following an influx of allegations of police misconduct and brutality in early 1963, African American community leaders advocated for the establishment of a “review board” or “advisory board” to investigate allegations of police misconduct. The struggle over a police advisory board continued through the 1960s and was a polarizing topic along racial lines in Newark. — Credit: Newark Public Library