NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 13, 1976
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(Studio) Chicano leaders in Texas complain that Justice Department quick to jump in when blacks abused by whites, but when Mexican-American killed by white sheriff in Texas, Department did nothing for 11 mos. and sheriff got light sentence.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Castroville, Texas) Death of Richard Morales cited. Police chief Frank Hayes ordered arrest of Morales on charge of not delivering calf he sold to another man. Then-deputy Don McCall made arrest, accompanied by part-time jail guard Steve Worthy. After handcuffing Morales , Worthy says Hayes showed up un-expectedly and began threatening Morales. [WORTHY - describes chief's actions.] Hayes had men drive out into cntry., stop and ordered handcuffs off. [WORTHY - says Hayes jabbed Morales with shotgun and told McCall he was going to kill another Mexican.] Neither McCall nor Worthy witnessed killing; at gunpoint were told to leave and were in police car when they heard shot. [McCALL - describes experience; says Hayes said he'd killed Morales.] Hayes' wife, her sister and daughter moved and buried body 400 mile away in Carthage, Texas. Results of trials of Hayes and wife noted; no one else tried. Verdict on Hayes led to demonstrations by Mexican-American groups; they claim Mex.-Americans not given protection under law. [Civil rights attorney Ruben SANDOVAL - says it's double standard for 1 to face life or death for killing policeman, but for policeman to face involuntary manslaughter or similar charge, if tables turned around.] Justice Department has agreed to investigate civil rights violations in case after pressure from and meeting with Mex.-American groups.
REPORTER: George Lewis (KMOL-TV San Antonio film)
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