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Reagan / War On Drugs / Koch Reaction #560963

NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 29, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) New York City mayor Ed Koch reported calling President Reagan "wimp" re: lack of assertiveness toward drug problem. Report introduced.

(NYC: Richard Valeriani) Funeral of New York City police ofr. Edward Byrne shown in Seaford, New York. Byrne noted guarding house of witness testifying against drug trafficker when shot to death. Koch reported enraged by murder. [Father Matthew BYRNE - comments on son's death.] Koch mentioned purchasing "New York Times"advertisement protesting Byrne's murder and urging Reagan to act against countries facilitating flow of drugs into US. [KOCH - criticizes Reagan.] NYC's drug force discussed; details given. Police officials quoted. [Representative Charles RANGEL - comments on drug problem.] Byrne's funeral noted not stopping drug sales on street

Brokaw, Tom;
Valeriani, Richard

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