ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 29, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Los Angeles, California) Cases of police using deadly force in San Diego, California, and Hialeah, Florida, examined as illustrative of dilemma posed for all involved; films shown. [Detective Gary VENEMA - notes psychological aspects for police.] United States historical affinity for guns, relative lateness of police arming selves and increase in post-Civil War violence outlined; 1858 "New York Times" article shown, quoted on screen. No. killed by police, no. police killed by criminals and general death versus handgun statistics for the nation outlined on screen; police demand for incrd. firepower noted. [Police OFR. - threatens consequences of lack of support.] Ntnwide. concern over incring. danger to citizens cited. [Los Angeles, MAN - claims arming selves is only way for communities to defense area.] [Memphis police Lieutenant Clyde KEENAN, assistant Miami police Chief Michael COSGROVE - comments on suits against officers] [New York City police cmsr. Robert McGUIRE - notes irony of situation.] Efforts of various police depts. to provide officers with better training examined.
REPORTER: John Martin