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Jewish Groups Ask Probe of Police in Cicero Race Riots

September 28, 1951
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Jewish community relations organizations have called on Attorney-General J. Howard McGrath to convene a special grand jury to investigate “the egregious miscarriage of justice which has occurred in connection with the housing riots in Cicero, III., ” it was announced today. In a message sent following an executive committee meeting of the National Community Relations Advisory Council, the Cicero police were charged with “cynical disregard of their duties” and with “collusion in mob violence” in the riots which occurred when a Negro war veteran sought to move into a Cicero apartment.

Organization joining in dispatch of the request to the Attorney-General were the American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans, Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the NCRAC.

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