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Convention / Security #1421

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 23, 1968
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(Studio) Report on convention security measures.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Chicago, Illinois) Part of 5,200 National Guard arrives. Mayor Richard Daley says they're needed to keep Chicago peaceful. To stay off sts. unless trouble starts. [Illinois National Guard General Richard DUNN - explains in which instances shooting could be justified.] Barbed wire fence surrounds International Amphitheatre. Sharpshooters will be posted around building Copters have lighting to search out troublemakers. Area closed to those without credentials. Secret service supervises construction. 100 firemen on duty at hall. City's 11,000 firemen know riot tactics. All water filtration plants and pumping stations will be guarded. If mass arrests, prisoners will be held on county jail grounds and locker rooms at Soldier's Field stadium. 200 regular Army troops on alert nearby. Demonstrators call city armed camp and police state. Daley feels if he can keep peace, no 1 will ask how he did it.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Farmer, Don;
Reynolds, Frank

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