Interview with Paul N. Ylvisaker

What was it like, your first experience with a full-blown riot?


I was called in immediately as a state official, into the Newark riot, and we, I, my department was a new department. The governor knew that I was the only department that had young Blacks and others working in it, so that we became, along with, interestingly enough, the State Police, the hawk and the dove combination. We negotiated with the Black community and were successful, I think, in most of the communities in reducing the tension and the violence simply because we listened to what the complaints were.