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Convention / Demonstrations / Violence #1467

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 27, 1968
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(Convention Hall) Police break up demonstration in Lincoln Park and downtown last night. Tear gas, clubs and mace used by police. Reporters and cameramen clubbed and threatened; they wore helmets and badges identifying them, as supplied by police. 17 newsmen beaten in 2 days; ABC camera crew incld. 4 hospitalized. ABC president and other news organization hds. protest.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Chicago, Illinois) Confrontation shown. Youths hurl rocks and bottles and police use tear gas. Officers seem to use unnecessary force in some arrests. Police attack some protesters without provocation. Victim of mace shown. 17 reporters or photographers maced and clubbed. [Freelance PHOTOGRAPHER - explains how policeman squirted him with mace in his own yard after asking what his camera was for. Says he clubbed him while trying to get photograph of him after macespraying. Can identify him.] Police department close-knit, authoritarian group, suspicious of outsiders. Most police have behaved with restraint and good sense.
REPORTER: Jim Burnes

Burnes, Jim;
Reynolds, Frank

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