NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 17, 1968
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(Studio) Brooklyn police and citizens form Law Enforcement Group after month confrontations with Black Panthers. 1 of objectives was impeachment of judge considered too easy-going on Panthers. After organization found, 100 off-duty police attack group of Panthers in courthouse Attorney William Kunstler says rightists plot against New York City Negro militants. Group's leaders deny anything to do with courthouse incident and deny they are rightist or racist.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(NYC) [KUNSTLER - thinks there's vendetta of large number police that black militants must be put down.] Group strictly for law and order. [L.E.G. Ptl. Michael CHURNS - says espouse law and order.] [L.E.G. Ptl. Robert RAGGI - says would deal with demonstrators as with anyone breaking law. If arrest necessary, we will make it.] [CHURNS - says not racist group. Have Negroes in group.] Patrolmen's Benevolent Association condemns L.E.G. P.B.A. President John Cassese says most of police don't feel that way. He's rebelling against Mayor John Lindsay's policy of restraint. [CASSESE - says police should enforce law 100%.] Roll-call of police shown. Police lived under discipline and feel those who oppose authority are dangerous. [Police Commissioner Howard LEARY - says police not ready psychologically to deal with society's problems. Police on front line to deal with hypocrisy this nation has practiced in past.] Police had to arrest some of black parents who wouldn't let white teachers enter Brooklyn school. Police not sociologists.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
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