CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 06, 1985
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(Studio) Recent reports by Justice Department and Eisenhower Fndn. on violent crime in US recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Los Angeles, California) Public's response to violent crime examined. [Store owner Felix TORO - ests, number would-be robbers he's shot.] Findings of recent "Newsweek" magazine poll on subject outlined. [Greg GURSHOONEY - believes he could have shot assailant had he been armed.] Eisenhower Fndn.'s report's assessment on vigilantism versus vigilance reviewed; success of Neighborhood Watch programs cited as example [Program member Mary CARLSEN - explains concept.] [Desperado organization spokesperson Catherine HOLLIS - feels crime would be reduced if more residents monitored their neighborhoods.] Oakland, California, bus company noted hiring gang leaders who once harassed passengers to keep order on vehicles now. [Gang member Vernon LEWIS, A.C. Transit Company spokesperson Bob SHAMOON - praise program.] [Mother's Cake and Cookie Company spokesperson Edward ARBAM - notes success of company's similar program.] [LEWIS - explains accepting job.] [James BROWN, Dwayne GREEN - describe their criminal careers.] Program at Philadelphia's House of Umoja discussed. [House of Umoja spokesperson Sister Falaka FATTAH - explains program.] House of Umoja's success rate so far outlined. [GURSHOONEY - feels police are ineffective.]
REPORTER: Jane Wallace