Riot Project

Dimension of DisorderNewark (New Jersey) Riot of 1967  
TriggerArrest of Cab Driver John Smith, was beaten by police
Crowd SizeOver 300 Protesters
Duration5 Days, July 12- July 17
Number & Identity of those Killed & Injured23 Dead and Over 750 injured, Fire Captian Michael Moran , Police Detective Fred Toto
Number & identity of those ArrestedAround 900 People Arrested
Levels of Government Involved(Local, State, Federal)Local Police from 4th Precinct, State Police, National Guard
Amount & Kind of Property Damage250 Fires, many rounds of Ammunition fired into businesses by the Police
Asymmetry2 whites to 21 African American had died
Geographical Spread4th Precinct saw looting around the area, looting spread around the city into downtown, Springfield Avenue, Prince Street and Broad Street were looted

The Newark Riot which took place for 5 days in July in 1967 had taken a large toll on the city. For such a short duration many buildings were burned and looted. The incident that took place in Newark is best classified as a riot. Due to the mass visored and spread of the destruction that had taken place in such a spontaneous fashion wouldn’t be classified as a race riot. Based off the actions that had taken place I would classify the Newark Riot as disorder specifically major disorder. Major Disorder in this context is where there are fires along with widespread looting also reports of armed violence with firearms. The violence would also have needed to last more than 2 days in this case it was 5 also a substantial amount of people would need to be present along with the deployment of the National Guard. Destruction of property was also carried out by law enforcement against white business owners who wrote “soul brother” on the storefront, these businesses were shot up. The dimension of disorder that is most unique about the Newark Riot is the Geographical Spread. Over the course of 5 days the riot went from a protest at the 4th Precinct to looting the surrounding area and a few days later the looting spread all around the city into the downtown area, along with Springfield Avenue, Prince Street, and Broad Street.






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