David Chase has penned screenplay The Many Saints of Newark which is a movie prequel to his television drama The Sopranos, and "is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 60s" as reported by Deadline: "That was a time when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other's throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal."
Of course, a racist streak is relatively common among wise guys, and expect the n-bombs to fly in the movie script.
Gambino soldier Nicholas "Nicky Skins" Stefanelli once was charged by federal prosecutors for his alleged role in beating a black man at a Newark diner in a landmark civil rights case.
On September 30, 1972 the victim, Robert L. Chavers, was eating at Ed's Diner in the white North Ward section of Newark, NJ, and Stefanelli and two other reputed Gambino mobsters allegedly beat him because they did not want black people at the eatery as reported in a March 8, 1975 article ("2 Are Guilty of Violating Civil Rights of a Black") for The Associated Press.
Stefanelli and the two others, Robert Bisaccia and Louis Fulco, were charged by the United States Task Force Against Organized Crime with violating the victim's civil rights under the public accomodations statute, and the case represented the first time that the Task Force had used the law against reputed mobsters in New Jersey.
A hung jury resulted in a mistrial against the trio, and the charge later was dismissed against Stefanelli although his co-defendants Bisaccia and Fulco pled guilty during a second trial against them.
Stefanelli's record included convictions for heroin trafficking and cargo theft, and he later became an FBI informant secretly recording meetings with alleged mobsters from the North Jersey crew of the Philadelphia Mafia, the New England Mafia and his own Gambino family.
In February 2012 the 69-year-old Stefanelli took his own life in a hotel room with a drug overdose two days after whacking video poker machine vendor Joseph Rossi.