CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 23, 1976
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(Studio) 40 million violent crimes committed in United States in 1974. Only crimes reported to police incld. Supreme Court to decide if crime fighters must retire by a certain age.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Massachusetts) Massachusetts law says state troopers must quit at age of 50. Case of ex-police ofr. Robert Mergia noted. [MERGIA - cites unfairness of Massachusetts law.] Massachusetts says police force must be youthful to be vigorous. [Police union president Richard WHELAN - cites need for youthful persons.] Il force members are over 50; staying on until Supreme Court decides. [Captain Raymond McGUIRE - says no problems keeping up with young men.] Av. Massachusetts police ofr. retires at 1/2 pay with $9000 per year pension. [Lieutenant Lawrence CARTER - says he's still asset to police department Comments on cut in pay and finding new job if he retires.] Opponents of law hope for court ruling to focus on ability, not age of a person.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
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