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Cleveland, Texas / Police Corruption #320347

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 23, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Cleveland, Texas: Peter Van Sant) Cleveland residents shown accusing police of brutality after handcuffed inmate Kenneth Earl Simpson killed during struggle in cell last week [Bro. Don. SIMPSON - says police murdered him.] Med. examiner's report shown read during city council meeting; evidence noted indicating Simpson strangled. [Justice of Peace Charlie MORGAN - comments on evidence.] Several officers reported being suspended with pay pending outcome of investigation. City officials reported refusing comment. Ofrs. reported claiming Simpson alive when they left cell. Autopsy report noted contradicting officers' stmts. with regard to time of death. [Bro. Bennie SIMPSON - describes situation.] [Resident Joyce THOMAS - says officers have been caught in several lies.] [Houston, Texas, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Bruce GRIFFIThigh school - says small towns usually have more police brutality.] FBI reported investigating death.

Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter

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