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Segment 3 (Blacks in America: Crime and Justice) #498646

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 05, 1978
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(Studio) Report is 3rd in series on gains and losses of blacks in American since death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Segment is on crime, its victims and justice system.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(New Orleans, Louisiana) Recently committed violent crimes against blacks in New Orleans noted as exs. of danger of being black in American Statistics given with regard to black homicide victims; one New Orleans victim was Howard George. [New Orleans district attorney Harry CONNICK - notes that system's view has been that it didn't have to treat black victim same as white victim.] Justice system's attitude to remedy this situation; jury makeup rule cited as example Bargaining procedures with justice system, meaning that most defs. don't get to jury trial, detailed. Statistics with regard to number of blacks in prison given. [New Orleans sheriff Charles FOTI - says these are mostly people who have failed at crime.] Crimes committed by most of Foti's prisoners described. [FOTI - describes background of average prisoner in his jail.] Connections between unemployment, poverty and crime examined. Criminal exs. set for youth of ghetto noted. [New Orleans Judge Israel AUGUSTINE - describes type of people that youth of ghettos have as exs. and that they look up to because of affluence from criminal activity.]
REPORTER: John Hart

Reporter(s):
Brinkley, David;
Hart, John
Duration:
00:04:50

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