ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 30, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Newark, New Jersey) Memphis, Tennessee, police's authorization to use deadly force with unarmed felons reported illustrated by 1979 case; details given, films, photos shown. [Memphis police Lieutenant Clyde KEENAN - thinks community supports such force.] Results of 1979 shooting noted. [Attorney for victim's family, Tom DANIEL - thinks execution of suspect is unconstitutional.] [Police director E. Winslow CHAPMAN - defs. police.] No. of civilians shot each week by police in Memphis, and judge's recent ruling with regard to police department's policy noted; historical basis of use of deadly force by authorities and current situation examined. Details outlined on screen; plethora of policies in Dade Cnty., Florida, and Miami's revision of its policy reported [Miami assistant police chief Michael COSGROVE - discusses dilemma posed by issue.] Opposite stand taken by Terre Haute, IN, police cited. [Terre Haute police chief Gerald LAUDERMILK - thinks deadly force is deterrent.] [Police Fndn. spokesperson Patrick MURPHY - thinks violence begets violence.] [Police Fndn. spokesperson James FYFE - doesn't believe research bears out assumptions with regard to incrd. danger to police officers] [Los Angeles, California, Hialeah, Florida, Miami, Florida, Memphis, Tennessee, Newark, New Jersey, Terre Haute, IN, New York City OFFICIALS - debate issue.]
REPORTER: John Martin