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By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

A report published in 1937 by the National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners contains some interesting sidelights on police practices in Jersey City:

On December 31, 1931, Steve Bodanick and John Mullally were arrested in Jersey City. They had been authorized by the `Yorkers' International Relief to solicit contributions for relief of starving miners' families at Ukranian Hall, 130 Mercer Street, Jersey City. As they entered the hall they were followed by two officers who arrested them without warrants, searched them, and took them to the Second Criminal Court, where they were jailed. On January 2, 1932, they were arraigned before Acting Judge John J. Flaherty, charged with being disorderly persons for collecting money ... and held for further examination on January 9. Bail was fixed at $1500 each which they were unable to raise . (Report on the Denial of Labor and Civil Rights in Hudson County, New Jersey (1937), p. 15, prepared by a committee, the Reverend Norman D. Fletcher of Montclair, New Jersey, chairman. The committee, of which Rockwell Kent and Professor J. W. Alexander of Princeton University were members, held meetings in Jersey City and investigated each case.)
Three friends went to the Hudson Tube Station in Jersey City to call counsel. They too were arrested by detectives in spite of their explanation and kept in jail until January 2, when it was charged that they did `loiter and assemble in a public place' and that they `could not give a good account of themselves.' They were held on five hundred dollars' bail each, but all six were released January 6. They spent a week in jail for no real offense, and then were discharged without trial.

A man may be arrested in Jersey City just for being poorly dressed; this happened to a resident of New York City, Michael Carroll:

On July 16, 1933, he approached a Jersey City police officer Badge No. 997), believed to be Patrolman James Kelly, on Mountain Avenue, Jersey City, and asked to be directed to the Hoboken Station of the Hudson Tubes. The police officer then asked him where he lived, was told that he lived in Manhattan, and Carroll also gave the officer the name and address of a friend in Jersey City. The police officer then searched Carroll and took him to police headquarters. He was again searched and all his personal belongings seized. He was told that he was in a pretty out-of-the-way place for a person of good intentions, and attention was called to the hat he was wearing, the police officer saying, `Good men don't wear hats like this, do they?' (Reports on the Denial of Labor and Civil Rights in Hudson County, New Jersey (1937), p. 33)
He spent a night in jail and then was discharged.

If Carroll was arrested for not wearing the right kind of hat, one William Strauss, a German, was arrested October 4, 1930, for carrying a razor. He was kept in jail for twelve days because he could not raise five hundred dollars' bail before he was produced before Judge Barison of the Traffic Court. He convinced the judge that the razor was used by him for shaving purposes, and the charges were dismissed. (Ibid., p. 35.)


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