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Houston Policemen / Civil Rights Violation Case / Justice Department #53723

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 06, 1978
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(Studio) Sentences handed down in conviction of 3 former Houston policemen for violating civil rights of Joe Torres, who drowned while in their custody, stated. Justice Department statement that sentences illegal because of leniency and request to judge to review case reported.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Houston, Texas) Filing of action against judge by Justice Department's civil rights division member Mary Senderson detailed. [Defense attorney Michael RAMSEY - says all ptys. aware of judge's discretion in sentencing choices at time of case. Is sure judge thought about it and has made up mind.] Judge Ross N. Sterling's refusal to comment noted. Background of Torres' death and cases brought against former Houston policemen given. Protests over light sentences cited. [MAN - calls for action in putting policemen in jail.] Statements by Judge Sterling and others with regard to problems within Houston Police Department given; department has no review board. Police chief's investigation into other police killings mentioned.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy {Unsigned sketches}

Murphy, Charles;
Walters, Barbara

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