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American Agenda (Drugs: Vigilantes) #113092

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 24, 1988
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) Report introduced.

(Detroit, Michigan: Mark Potter) Incidents in which Americans have taken law into own hands in dealing with drug dealers featured; details given of various vigilante responses, scenes shown of burned drug hses. [In Detroit, Michigan, Perry KENT, Angelo "Butch" PARISI - discuss setting fire to drug house ] Verdict freeing those two men noted. [Detroit fire association president Robert HAIG - reacts to freeing of arsonists.] [Criminologist William WILBANKS - says there will be more extreme activities in drug cases.] Program in which church group rebuilds drug hses. for use by low-income families detailed. [Reach, Incorporated, member Charlene JOHNSON - explains plan.] Assistance to police by citizens group in Kansas City, Missouri, explained; scenes shown of citizens group's tactics. [Ad Hoc program director Mary WEATHERS - discusses helping police.] [Criminologist Tom MIECZKOWSKI - says citizen groups need legal foundation for their activities.]

(Studio: Barry Serafin) DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) reported becoming first law enforcement agency to issue submachine guns to agents.

Potter, Mark;
Serafin, Barry

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