CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 11, 1968
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(Studio) Report on how communication helps avert violent confrontation.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Chicago, Illinois) August 29 film shown. Not all confrontations violent. Few 100 demonstrators led by convention delegates marched to International Amphitheatre. Police stopped them 5 mile away. [Police commander - says this isn't confrontation or accusing you (Delegate Don Peterson) of leading march. Sidewalks are completely blocked. Marches aren't proper things.] [Attorney for Delegation - asks if there's objection to non-delegates walking on sidewalks quietly. Would hope police arrested anyone being disorderly.] [CMDR. - says this constitutes threat to security of city.] [ATTORNEY - says have right to make walk and police obligated to protect us if reason to believe those leaning to violence in crowd.] [CMDR. - asks for people to be asked to disperse.] [PETERSON - says will tell crowd what police said. Would 3 abreast make any difference.] [ATTORNEY - says this is worst denial of Const. right. Someone in city, maybe Mayor Richard Daley, creating situation where 1 can't walk freely on sidewalks. Advise crowd to go, but we haven't done anything wrong.] [PETERSON - asks crowd to disperse.] March ended there. Calm and open discussion held; no police force used. August 28 film shows police acting on impulse. Communications between city and protest leaders broken down and marches denied. No. of 10,000 protesters in Grant Park ready for fight. Fear, suspicion and hostility on both sides. 1 radical lowers flag to 1/2 mast and police use force to arrest him and club leader who was holding back crowd. Violent aftermath shown. Police and protest leaders reach truce afterwards. 2 incidents compared.
REPORTER: John Laurence Narrates
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