NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 04, 1968
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(Studio) National Guard quelled riots in several cities after Martin Luther King's assassination. Governor Charles Terry has no plans to send National Guard out of Wilmington, DE.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Wilmington, DE) At dusk, ghetto residents watch "rat patrol" go by. [TERRY - says a lot of people want Guard to stay. Cites letters recd. Patrol there to protect all citizens.] 85,000 population here; 40% blacks. Ghetto residents feel troops could cause trouble, not prevent it. [Ghetto RESIDENT - says Guard takes away our pride. They ride up the sts. like we're animals.] [2nd RESIDENT - talks about weapons they have.] [3rd RESIDENT - says our community not worst in world. Nothing that bad happened here.] Whites afraid violence might start in ghetto and spread. [WHITE - says guard needed because police understaffed.] [2nd WHITE - says necessary Guard stay here.] [3rd WHITE - says guard's presence shouldn't bother anyone. It only bothers those who want to do wrong.] Due to rising ghetto crime rate,, Mayor now agrees Guard necessary. Whites glad of Guard because they fear violence. [TERRY - says law and order is the only real issue. People would give up little freedom to have it.]
REPORTER: Sidney Lazard
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