Civil Rights workers, both white and Negro, say they are the objects of police brutality while they are being held in jail in Jackson, Mississippi.
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Background: Civil Rights workers, both white and Negro, say they are the objects of police brutality while they are being held in jail in Jackson, Mississippi.
Negro and white civil rights workers have been protesting a special session of the Mississippi state legislature because most Mississippi Negroes are not permitted to vote in that state.Over 850 of them have been arrested for picketing the state house on grounds they were parading without a permit.
Of those arrested, 400 are still in custody, after 300 juveniles were released in the custody of their parents and 150 adults were released after posting 100 dollars bail.
The city of Jackson has been using two large exhibit halls on the Mississippi State fairground on the edge of the city as a jail for the demonstrators.On June 23rd, two unidentified prisoners, one white and the other Negro, talked of brutality by their jailors and they are seen and heard on this sound film.
Later on June 23rd, the Mississippi State House of Representatives gave final approval to ten bills that wipe out that state's historical barriers against Negro voting.
Jackson's mayor, Allen Thompson, invited President Johnson to send a representative to look over the prison compound where the civil rights demonstrators are being held.Thompson says the charges of brutality are slanderous, deliberately fabricated and distorted.