State police and National Guardsmen conducted a search of homes in a Negro section of Plainfield, New Jersey, Wednesday (19 July).
State police and National Guardsmen conducted a search of homes in a Negro section of Plainfield, New Jersey, Wednesday (19 July). They were looking for automatic weapons stolen from a nearby factory during the riot last week-end.
The search was carried out under authority of a declaration of emergency by Governor Hughes of New Jersey. Governor Hughes acted under executive powers granted to him by the state constitution. He issued a proclamation declaring a state of "disaster and emergency" existed in Plainfield following one night of violence and several days of ensuing tensions. One Sunday, 48 automatic rifles were stolen from the nearby plant. Five of the stolen rifles were recovered along with several other illegal weapons in Wednesday's search.
Many of the residents claimed their homes were thrown into dis-aray by searching officers. They also said the search was illegal because it was conducted without warrants as required in the United States Constitution. New Jersey's Governor Hughes cited a provision in the State Constitution which empowers him to make such a search