NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 05, 1968
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(Studio) Outside New York City Court, 200 whites attack group Black Panthers who came to attend hearing for 3 members accused of assaulting policeman. Charged that many of whites were off-duty police. Mayor John Lindsay recs. report
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(NYC) [LINDSAY - says Commissioner Leary reported that off-duty police and civilians involved. Assured action will be taken against those who violated law or department regulations. No excuse for police breaking law. No safety, law, order or justice unless ugly incident doesn't occur again.] Some police involved rptdly. belong to Law Enforcement Group, organization which wants courts and police to apply letter of law to all offenders. [Law Enforcement Group Archie HARRIS - says wasn't there. Policeman doesn't have right to take law in own hands.] 3 Panthers in another Brooklyn Court to get bail bonds reduced. 60 Panthers stood outside. Many police there in civilian clothes. Bond not reduced. [Civil Rights Attorney William KUNSTLER - says can't recall similar incident in any courts Blacks in same situation as Jews in Nazi Germany.] [Panther George APONTE - says pig department declared war on Panthers. Harassment examples cited. Pig department is Occupying Army in black community.] Police and Panther's private war to continue
REPORTER: Lem Tucker
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