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Police Brutality / Justice Department / Los Angeles, California #133693

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 21, 1991
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(White House: Ann Compton) The Justice Department review of cases of police brutality featured; scenes shown of President Bush meeting with Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and a criminal justice team. [BUSH - reacts to the police beating in Los Angeles.] Home video of beating of Rodney King shown. [In the past, BUSH - praises police chief Daryl Gates.] Scenes shown from May 1990 of Bush and Gates together in a Los Angeles neighborhood. [Today, BUSH - says it is a matter for the local police department.] Future of Bush's crime bill in light of this issue detailed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Judy Muller) Reaction of minorities in Los Angeles to police brutality issue examined; scenes shown of the videotaped beating of King. [On second videotape, EYEWITNESSES - comment on King's beating.] [Young LATINO, BLACK - describe position of police towards their groups.] [American University criminologist James FYFE - says most trouble comes from white officers dealing with black people.] Mayor Tom Bradley said planning to set up a commission to look into all aspects of the police department.

Compton, Ann;
Muller, Judy;
Sawyer, Diane

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