About 100 persons led by the militant Anthony Imperiale picketed the City Hall and the leading newspaper in Newark, New Jersey on Wednesday (April 24).
Rally and pickets led by Mr. Imperiale in front of Newark City Hall.
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Background: About 100 persons led by the militant Anthony Imperiale picketed the City Hall and the leading newspaper in Newark, New Jersey on Wednesday (April 24).
Mr. Imperiale, chairman of the Newark North Ward Citizens Committee, called the rally a protest against the failure of Newark authorities to punish looters and arsonists. The Newark North Ward Citizens Committee advocates fighting violence with violence. The group is reportedly heavily armed with automatic weapons. Newark was the scene of racial disturbances after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.
Mr. Imperiale said his group and the wives and children of some Newark policemen marched "to support the police and let the Mayor know we want their bands untied."
Mr. Imperiale also said his group was circulating a petition calling for dismissal of Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio and the City Council. He claimed to have already the required 13,000 signatures on the petition which would force an election on the question of unseating the mayor. The militant leader claimed the mayor ordered police not to arrest looters and arsonists during the disturbances. He said Mr. Addonizio recalled all shotguns and riot helmets from police on the streets.
The protestors then moved to the Newark Evening News, a local newspaper. They picketed there because the paper "suppressed news," according to Mr. Imperiale. He said the News concealed looting and arson and also did not publish that police were not allowed to arrest looters and arsonists during racial disturbances.