Plainfield, New Jersey: Plainfield Joint Defense Committee, [ca. 1969]. A support appeal for the three remaining members of the Plainfield 12, a group of Blacks residents charged with the beating death of patrolman John V. Gleason. Gleason, “well known in the ghetto for his racism,” was pursued by an angry mob after shooting a Black youth, Bobby Lee Williams, in the summer of 1967. Included is the background to Gleason’s death, the subsequent railroading of the Plainfield Twelve, and a defense of Gail Madden, a mother of two, and George Merritt, Jr., an ex-Marine, as well as Williams himself who was charged with inciting others to kill Gleason even though he'd already been rushed to the hospital when Gleason was killed. After numerous trials, appeals, and mistrials, Merritt and Williams were finally released. Madden wasn't released until the 1980s.
One sheet folded to make six 8 ½" x 11" panels. Two horizontal creases from folding, else Fine. Four copies found in OCLC institutions. Item #07835