Report on Conference Called by Mayor Addonizio- Police Advisory Board (May 22, 1963) (1)

Report from Newark Human Rights Commission Director Daniel Anthony on a conference with Mayor Addonizio, Dominick Spina, and Norman Schiff on May 22, 1963. The conference was called by Addonizio to discuss ways of improving cooperation between the Commission and City Hall in the wake of the Mayor’s rejection of a “police advisory board,” which the Commission supported. 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