Review Board Out (Newark Sunday News April 7, 1963)

Article by Doug Eldridge of the Newark Evening News covering Mayor Addonizio’s public announcement rejecting a propsed “police advisory board.” A review board ‘would serve no useful purpose and could conceivably be a detriment to efficient law enforcement,’ Mayor Addonizio said in his statement. 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