NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 19, 1972
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(Studio) Senator votes to spend money for victims of crime.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) 1st duty of government said to be to protect citizens. United States failure to do so declared. Street muggers not caught. Injury to victims often severe, physically and financially. Unfairness in results for muggers, victims said obvious. As government can't protect, at least it can pay losses. Senator action said only in federal territories, include DC, one of worst crime areas. 7 states have such laws. Taxpayers pay losses caused by street hoods. This not fair. But, criminals often uncaught; those caught have no money. Govt. only one to do it. Situation said sad. Journalist calls for "solution."
REPORTER: David Brinkley