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Texas Policemen's Sentence / Mexican-American Death #491206

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) In Huntsville, Texas, 2 former policemen are found guilty of death of Mexican-American they'd arrested for drunkenness. Sentence they face is light, Mexican-American leaders are outraged.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Houston, Texas) Unemployed Army vet Jose Campos Torres, was found drowned in bayou in downtown Houston; he had been severely beaten. 2 policemen were arrested on murder chgs.; are Terry Denson and Stephen Orlando-. Details of trial and testimony noted. Jury found officers guilty, but of negligent homicide, which is misdemeanor. Reaction noted. [Victim's mother Margaret TORRES - will continue fight to get justice.] Unless fed. officials step in, no further action can be taken in case and since conviction was for misdemeanor, is conceivable both men could be reinstated as policemen.
REPORTER: Arthur Lord (KPRC-TV Film Houston) Artist: Cholla Runnells

Brinkley, David

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