• Short Summary

    TWO OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST CITIES -- WASHINGTON AND CHICAGO -- ARE SHOULDERING TODAY IN THE WAKE OF A NIGHT OF ARSON AND RACE VIOLENCE.

  • Description

    TWO OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST CITIES -- WASHINGTON AND CHICAGO -- ARE SHOULDERING TODAY IN THE WAKE OF A NIGHT OF ARSON AND RACE VIOLENCE. THURSDAY'S ASSASSINATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING HAS UNLEASHED A WAVE OF RIOTING, LOOTING AND ARSON ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, AND IN WASHINGTON POLICE AND TROOPS BATTLED WITH NEGROES WITH TEARGAS. THE CITY'S CURFEW WAS ADVANCED TO FOUR P.M.

    ALMOST 8,000 TROOPS, MANY WITH FIXED BAYONETS AND WEARING GASMASKS, FANNED OUT THROUGH NEGRO GHETTO AREAS OF WASHINGTON TODAY. THEY WERE BACKED UP BY 1700 POLICE -- MORE THAN HALF THE CITY'S FORCE.

    THE TROOPS ALSO PROTECTED FIREMEN FIGHTING SEVERAL HUGE BLAZES IN A NEGRO GHETTO AREA. THEY ALSO PUMPED GAS INTO STORES TO DRIVE OUT YOUNG NEGRO LOOTERS.

    THE TROOPS WERE PART OF A FORCE OF NEARLY 7,000 STRONG ORDERED INTO WASHINGTON BY PRESIDENT JOHNSON. THEY INCLUDED MORE THAN 2,500 BATTLE-HARDENED PARATROOPERS FLOWN TO NEARBY ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME TROOPS HAD BEEN USED IN THE CITY FOR 35 YEARS.

    IN CHICAGO SCATTERED LOOTING WAS REPORTED AND 1,000 ADDITIONAL NATIONAL GUARDSMEN WERE ORDERED INTO THE RIOT-SCARRED CITY TO JOIN 5,000 TROOPS ALREADY ON DUTY.

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON HAS CANCELLED HIS WAR TALKS IN HAWAII AND HAS TURNED HIS FULL ATTENTION TO SOLVING THE CURRENT RACIAL TROUBLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1F5QC9JJH9YRZD18MBV4EIUK4
    Media URN:
    VLVA1F5QC9JJH9YRZD18MBV4EIUK4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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