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Newark Uprising Against Police Brutality Turns 50

IN PICTURES: Black-led mass uprising against police brutality in Newark, New Jersey in 1967.

On July 12, 1967,  hundreds of Newark, New Jersey residents led a revolt against police brutality in response to the abuse and death of a young Black man.

The event left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. 

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On this day in 1967, the Newark uprising began after a Black man was beaten and arrested for a traffic incident. ​​​​The beating and arrest of John Weerd Smith was the needle that broke the camel
On this day in 1967, the Newark uprising began after a Black man was beaten and arrested for a traffic incident. ​​​​The beating and arrest of John Weerd Smith was the needle that broke the camel's back. Photo:AFP
The uprising intensified when the National Guard and state troopers were deployed to push back against the predominately Black community.
The uprising intensified when the National Guard and state troopers were deployed to push back against the predominately Black community. Photo:AFP
Military and police operations caused the deaths of 26 people.
Military and police operations caused the deaths of 26 people. Photo:AFP
One of the main factors that caused the uprising was that, despite Newark
One of the main factors that caused the uprising was that, despite Newark's largely Black population, the city's police department did not represent the population, with most officers being white.  Photo:AFP
Prior to the uprising, the Black community had been suffering various levels of state violence and repression in the form of lack of opportunities, education, and police attacks.
Prior to the uprising, the Black community had been suffering various levels of state violence and repression in the form of lack of opportunities, education, and police attacks. Photo:AFP
Newark, New Jersey saw several acts of civil disturbance between July 12 and July 17, 1967.
Newark, New Jersey saw several acts of civil disturbance between July 12 and July 17, 1967. Photo:AFP
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