In the Newark riots of 1967, the fear of black snipers changed the game for the police
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This article filled in a lot of blanks in my understanding of what happened in Newark that summer. I had heard about snipers, but wondered how there could be a large cadre of snipers with a relatively low number of casualties. (Even for an inexperienced shooter, hitting a stationary person from an elevated position with a rifle sadly isn’t that difficult.) The fact that the sniper teams were trying to provide cover and diversion makes a lot more sense.

Also makes sense why the national guard was called in. From street level, the pistols and shotguns the police had would be ineffective in countering someone firing a rifle from a few stories up.

Thanks for providing info most accounts don’t.

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