NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 17, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Tawana Brawley case discussed. Bill Cosby mentioned putting up reward to find men who raped girl and wrote racist remarks on her body. Wappinger Falls, New York, grand jury reported hearing case. Report introduced.
(NYC: Steve Delaney) Cond. in which Brawley was found after abduction and rapes discussed; details given of case, scenes shown. Questions of Brawley's story reported arising; details given. Brawley noted not talking to authorities about crime. [NEIGHBORS - urge Brawley to talk.] Brawley's attorneys noted claiming Dutchess Cnty., New York, assistant district attorney Steven Pagones was one of Brawley's attackers; details given. [Pagones' attorney Gerald HAYES - says plans to initiate slander suit.] Brawley's attorneys Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason reported making many demands throughout investigation, include call that specially appointed prosecutor attorney general Robert Abrams be replaced after he refused to allow them to dictate how case should be handled. [Governor Mario CUOMO - says won't replace Abrams.] Black activist Reverend Al Sharpton reported calling Cuomo racist, compared Abrams to Adolf Hitler. [SHARPTON - says won't let Brawley down.] Sharpton's advice to Brawley discussed. [State assemblymen Roger GREEN - says Sharpton's actions disturbing.] [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) spokesperson Laura BLACKBURN - says Brawley's needs not being addressed.] Sharpton reported criticizing NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) .
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