NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 08, 1968
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(Studio) Police and black mobs exchange gunfire in N.W. Miami. National Guard called in. Armored car sprays tear gas at those burning bldgs. and looting stores.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Miami Beach, Florida) Blacks in N.W. area say they've been protesting unemployment, housing and community conditions for 3 years Say election promises never carried out. After protest rally called by 6 groups, trouble began. Youths begin throwing rocks at cars. Cars turned over and set on fire. Vandalism and looting occur. Governor Claude Kirk, Mayor Steve Clarke and head SCLC, Reverend Ralph Abernathy ask crowd to cool it. Things quiet by midnight. Today, fire on supermarket roof. 2 wounded by gunfire. 2 Miami black leaders told they'd be quiet when police left. Semi-tractor truck set on fire. Disturbed area shown.
REPORTER: Bill Matney
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