NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 19, 1971
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(Studio) 23 members of Memphis police relieved of duty; while study of 17 year old's death conts. Tennessee Attorney General says death ruled homicide, not accident as result of police chase. Blacks say he was beaten to death.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Memphis, Tennessee) Elton Hayes and 2 friends were riding in pickup last Friday a.m. Police say he died from injuries from wreck following police chase. No dents in truck. [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Dr. Vasco SMITH - says little done re: NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) complaints of police abuse.] [Chairperson City Council Jerred BLANCHARD - says everyone wants to see justice done.] Shelby Cnty. Attorney General says all resources to be put on case. Police Chief Henry Lux says 23 to be kept off duty until study ends.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs (WMC-TV)