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Racial Unrest / Arkansas / Illinois / Watts / Reddin #441465

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 13, 1968
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(Studio) 4th night of racial unrest in Little Rock, Arkansas Police cars fired on; Il arrested. In Chicago Hgts., Illinois, police use tear gas to drive looters from burning clothing store. Extra riot police taken out of Watts point of Los Angeles, California, where 3 killed and 48 injured last night.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Lake Arrowhead, California) Film shows January 1968 mount retreat where high-ranking police officers met to discuss improving community relations [OFR. - says won't insult people by putting them in jail when they haven't committed crime.]
REPORTER: Jack Perkins

(Los Angeles, California) Ofrs. taken out of cruisers after meeting and put on beat to communicate with people. Ofrs. put in schools to talk to children. [OFR. - talks to children about asking police questions.] They let children climb around in patrol cars. [Police Chief Thomas REDDIN - says police shouldn't give in to pressure or get softer on lawlessness. Need programs to ease community tensions and firm hard line. We have both programs.] Reddin called recent events in Watts police saturation. Blacks called it harassment and massive overreaction. Blacks felt police over-zealous. [REDDIN - says human relations efforts set back.] [Black Congress Walter BREMOND - says no longer mesmerized by Reddin's soft-sell. Police biased, unsympathetic and racist.] Reddin will continue programs.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins

Huntley, Chet;
Perkins, Jack

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