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The Newark FrontierCommunity Action in the Great Society$
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Mark Krasovic

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226352794

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226352824.001.0001

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The PBA Commission

The PBA Commission

(p.179) Seven The PBA Commission
The Newark Frontier

Mark Krasovic

University of Chicago Press

This final chapter in the riot commission triptych considers the short history of the riot investigation conducted by the New Jersey Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) in response to the findings of its liberal government counterparts. Calling itself a “commission,” but failing to adopt the commission form’s commitment to broad-based knowledge gathering, the PBA investigators spoke almost entirely to police department employees and known supporters of the police. Its report blamed a purportedly coddling liberalism for urban rioting. This story furthers one of the book’s key themes: the adaptive warping of the community action ethic to conservative ends.

Keywords:   New Jersey State Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, antiliberalism, Road to Anarchy, Fred Toto, black sniper, riot suppression, Vietnam War

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