NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 12, 1968
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(Studio) 3 Negroes killed and 67, incling. 6 police wounded in Watts violence.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Watts - Los Angeles, California) Watts summer festival shown. Gun battle began 1 a.m. after minor arrest. [Los Angeles Police Chief Thomas REDDIN - says better to over-react during extensive gun-fire than to let it get out of control. Reacted massively.] Police told some of injured they'd have to get to the hospital on their own. Reddin feared something like this would happen. [Robert YOUNG - don't know why police shot up car as driving through.] Representative black community at city council meeting [Black SPOKESPERSON - tired of police harassment and brutality and murders of brothers in streets.] [2nd SPOKESPERSON - tells council to help with Watts, or it'll blow up.] [CHRM. - says council busy.] To delay matter until Weds. Another example of lack of understanding. Blacks and police consider each other enemy.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins
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