NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 19, 1968
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(Studio) Frank Rizzo became Philadelphia police commissioner 16 mos. ago. 4th report on police.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) November 17, 1967, film shows protest by black students being put down by police with force. September 1, 1968, film of black power conference shown. Recent events handled more calmly. Bus loads of riot police stand by in times of tension. Hd. canine corps says he can clear crowd of 5,000 with 4 dogs and 4 men. Has 65 dogs. Cruiser fleet with sharp-shooters, tear gas and other weapons available. Rizzo can borrow tanks from National Guard, but Rizzo and men keep order with hds. rather than night sticks. 22% force black. Negro officers get top command jobs. In ghettos, 1/2 police black and 1/2 white. 250 police attend classes at Temple University on people. [U. teacher James FARER - says they're aggressive because of past conditions.] [POLICEMAN - says if mob arises, it's your job to do something about it.] Now police are introduced to those in community. Police must pass psychiatric and character tests. Once month in ea. precinct, neighborhood mtgs. held to hear complaints. Rizzo and militants have truce. [RIZZO - says you can be militant but not destructive.] [Gang organizer Herman WRICE - says takes heck of a man to be police commissioner] [RIZZO - says it counts to do what's right for all people.] [WRICE - says can settle more things by telephone than with copter and guns. Will not lead men to get killed.] [RIZZO - says if they act properly, so do we. If they're tough, we're tougher. Can't say we won't have riot, but we'll do job if there is 1.] Police tough but fair.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen
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