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Police and Negroes / Ohio / California #441915

NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 16, 1968
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(Studio) Saturday night, white policemen removed from black Toledo, Ohio, area and Negro task force sent in to calm area. Racial disorders began again Sunday and police return. 8 injured. Police and Negro relations poor in different areas, especially Oakland.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Oakland, California) Middle-classes live in hills over city. Poor live in city. Poor resent police. [sergeant Conrad BLEVINS - says those who call him names think he's out there to be whipping post.] [Patrolman Jim FARRINGTON - says we're at fault for stopping them from doing what they want to.] [Patrolman Nolan DARNELL - says haven't gone out in 6-9 mos. without being called names.] Black Panthers and police have shot it out several times. 1 Panther and 1 policeman killed. Panther Huey Newton found guilty of manslaughter in death of policeman. 1 ofr. resigns due to verdict. [Patrolman Jim WHITEHEAD - says always wanted to be policeman to help others. Opportunities to do so shrink daily.] Police blame courts for leniency and public for lack of support. [BLEVINS - says after time spent on case, court sees criminal as misguided individual.] [Patrolman Jim SIMONSON - says he has worked in beats where civilians helped, but not now. Makes him sick.] Police Chief Charles Gain spends lots of time in community relations [GAIN - cites numerous poor in Oakland. Whites have commitment to cure root problems.] Sociologists and community leaders say efforts honest but do little. [PATROLMAN - describes his stomach being upset all the time. If not for wife, would have blown top. Doesn't like name-calling.] [2nd PATROLMAN - says municipal police work takes too much out of a man. Always tense and trying to control emotions.] Police and Negroes don't trust each other.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham

Huntley, Chet;
Wordham, Bill

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