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Police Role #199628

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 13, 1968
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(Studio) Report on changing concept of police role in changing society.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Chicago, Illinois) Definition of policeman given. [Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Joseph LEFEVRE - says enforces law equally for all. We return fire with fire. Without law enforcement, complete anarchy.] Militants and radicals believe police to be foe.
REPORTER: John Laurence

(NYC) [Black Panther leader Joudon FORD - says police wallow in mud of hypocrisy and oppression and death and murder. They're pigs.] Bedford - Stuyvesant ghetto is rough beat. Fewer than 10% interviewed approve of militant policies.
REPORTER: John Laurence

(Los Angeles, California) [WITNESS - says would you feel there were too many police if neighborhood torn up all the time. Lived in Watts 25 years and never had trouble with police.] [2nd WITNESS - says militants representative Communist Party of USSR and Peking. They're inciting riots.]
REPORTER: John Laurence

(NYC) [Gerald FORD - says serving our people. Quotes Chairperson Mao Tse-tung. Advises of applicable tactics from Mao.] Police want respect of law-abiding citizens. Police deny brutality when aggressively arrest radical young peace demonstrators.
REPORTER: John Laurence

(Chicago, Illinois) [LEFEVRE - says demonstrators violate law and scream brutality when police enforce law.]
REPORTER: John Laurence

(NYC) [New York City Civil Liberties Union Ira GLASSER - says difference between vilifying policeman and crowd of police wading into peaceful crowd and beginning chopping away.] [Director Emergency Civil Liberties Union Henry diSUVERO - says society doesn't pay police much. They feel unloved and unappreciated. 1 of ways they get back is by picking at middle-class demonstrators or college students. They don't waft to see blacks get things by riots.] They fear being overwhelmed by angry combative citizens. Professional policeman controls emotions when angry.
REPORTER: John Laurence

Reporter(s):
Laurence, John;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:07:30

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