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Special Assignment (Police and Deadly Force) #71530

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 01, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Newark, New Jersey) Death of suspect James Boden by Boston, Massachusetts, police and criticism of department's investigation of incident recalled; details given, films shown. [Attorney Lawrence O'DONNELL - claims police always acquit themselves.] Jury's award to Boden's widow and clearing of him as suspect reported [Boston police commissioner Joseph JORDAN - thinks judgment award was result of public's ignorance.] [O'DONNELL - responds.] Police officers involved in incident noted still on force; former police commissioner Robert DiGrazia reported acknowledging department's failure to enforce its policy. [DiGRAZIA - calls it a whitewash.] Award to Houston couple following death of their unarmed son and police planting of weapon on him, and similar case in Philadelphia cited. [Prosecutor George PARRY - notes not guilty verdict in shooting case; describes circumstances of victim's death.] Newark, New Jersey, success examined; films shown. Newark's low shooting rate compared with that of Holland; statistics outlined on screen. [Police dir. Hubert WILLIAMS - discusses Newark's policy.] Implications of Newark and rest of cntry.'s situation considered.
REPORTER: John Martin

Martin, John;
Robinson, Max

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