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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Psychological impact of rising crime rate and constant media bombardment of public with details examined. [New York City police commissioner Robert McGUIRE - thinks USSR should fear muggings if they ever invade US.] [Dist. attorney Mario MEROLA - believes criminals control states.] [Drug SUSPECT - boasts about being freed soon.] [Crime writer Nick PELLECHI - notes criminals escape punishment.] NYC's inability to deal with crime thought reflected in burglary and auto theft statistics (outlined on screen). [Defense attorney Andrew VACHSS - acknowledges New York City is haven for criminals; recalls illustration.] NYC's actual overall crime rate mentioned declining, despite reality of escalation of acceptance of crime by public. [PELLECHI - notes children are given "mugger money."] Release rate among convicted felons in New York City mentioned. [McGUIRE - notes implications for public.] [VACHSS - thinks public's tolerance level has risen.] [PELLECHI - agrees.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
- Goldberg, Bernard;
- Rather, Dan
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