NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 18, 1968
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(Studio) Report on men who become police.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Saint Louis, Missouri) No riots, burning or looting here. 1/3 population Negro. 11% of 2,000 man police department Negro. Twice month, men apply to be police. They take personality test. 3 man screening board talks to each applicant. [BD. MBR. - asks man what he thinks is most interesting about being a policeman.] [APPLICANT - says never dull moment and move around a lot.] Police go to scene of minor stabbing. Ptlman. Jim Enright and partner joined force due to variety, being outdoors and meeting people. They're aware of hostility towards them from blacks. [Ptlman. Paul NEUDECKER - says people in projects have no use for him or his job. Could throw something at him.] [Ptlman. James ENRIGHT - says some feel no police needed down here and civil rights organization could handle it. Others want more police here.] [NEUDECKER - says police feel things like anyone else. Try to keep emotions hidden.] [ENRIGHT - says he is disciplined enough to choose duty over personal beliefs.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs
(Mehlville, Missouri) Enright and family live in suburbs. He's unable to understand lack of respect for law and order or point racism played in creating lack. Until he is required to understand, ghetto won't understand him.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs
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