ABC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 18, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Role of automatic weapons in crime, include murder of Martin Luther King, Junior, noted.
(DC: Mike Von Fremd) Murder rate of law enforcement officers from automatic weapons in 1986 mentioned; death of New York City ofr. Scott Gadell last June cited as example [Los Angeles police chief Darryl GATES - describes sophistication of criminals' weapons now.] Scenes from "Scarface", "A View to a Kill" shown courtesy MCA and MGM, respectively. [Lieutenant Lorenzo HILLMAN - explains police department's increase use of semiautomatic handguns.] [Dealer Paul LAVISTA - cites police officers' usual choice.] ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Coalition Against Police Abuse noted opposing such trends. [Coalition spokesperson Michael ZINZUN - explains his position.]