In recent years the leader of the negro community in New York have complained that the city's police force has intimidated negroes; beaten them; arrested them for the slightest provocation.
Film of post-riot Harlem rally. Film shows leaders of the various civil right activities speaking in the Mount Morris Presbyterian Church on Harlem. The crowd is filled with emotion as the speakers talk and interrupt with applause, cheers and boos.
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Background: In recent years the leader of the negro community in New York have complained that the city's police force has intimidated negroes; beaten them; arrested them for the slightest provocation. In short they claim the police force has, and still is, treating the negro in New York unfairly.
The negro leaders have been urging the city to setup a special civilian board, made up of leading responsible city citizens, to investigate charges to police brutality. The police force, headed by Commissioner Michael Murphy, is opposed to the establishment of such a board and threatened to resign if the city sets one.
Many responsible negroes claim the press in New York has, through its stories Harlem, woven a atmosphere of terror in Harlem. They go on to say that the policemen stationed in Harlem believe the stories and are scared and are thus "trigger happy."
According to some responsible negro spokesmen, the Non Violence Movement, which has gained a great deal for the southern negro, has little following among the poor Harlem negro. He wants his lot changed ...Now..so these negro spokesmen say. The various Black Nationalist groups...including Malcolm X's group ...seem to attract more attention and allegiance than the non violent groups..such as the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People and the Congress for Racial Equality, etc.