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Some saw Gibson’s leadership style as too cautious, however, especially when it came to hiring City Hall ofﬁcials—even his largely White, young staff. Gibson was also a private man with few friends. A moderate who pondered decisions cautiously, he had no administrative experience and often lacked initiative and organization. Gibson was criticized for not always being accessible, though he responded that running the city was like a business, especially because no corporation would allow every member of the public to see the president.
Price points out there were two events or phases to the rioting: a shopping spree by looters and a shooting spree by law enforcement. “The ﬁrst phase was a commercial riot, when you have people breaking into stores and taking whatever they can carry,” he states. “The second phase was a police riot when you have police and National Guardsmen ﬁring their weapons indiscriminately. ”86 Keeping Price’s model in mind, at ﬁrst a group of young people gathered at the police precinct where Smith was jailed, and then they damaged nearby stores.
69 While political and racial agitation festered in Newark that summer, there were two signiﬁcant underpinnings for the Newark riots: a medical school project and 20 A POST-RACIAL CHANGE IS GONNA COME a police brutality incident. City Hall’s and NHA’s plans to raze apartments in the Central Ward for the $35 million expansion of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) caused conﬂict that became known as the medical school crisis. ”70 Essentially, the administration and their construction agents were seeking lucrative federal funds and contracts, but they did not want to include local residents in the process.