• Short Summary

    IN THE UNITED STATES, ELECTIONS ARE BEING HELD TODAY (TUESDAY) TO CHOOSE PARTY OFFICIALS FOR SCORES OF LOCAL OFFICES.

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    SHERIFF CLARK CAMPAIGNING IN SELMA, WHERE HE HANDS OUT LEAFLETS TO PEDESTRIANS; THEN A FLASHBACK TO FEBRUARY LAST YEAR WHEN HE USED FORCE TO DRIVE OFF NEGRO DEMONSTRATORS FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT WITH A CLERIC AT THE COURTHOUSE; AND A STATEMENT (SOF) RECENTLY, IN WHICH HE DEFENDS HIS RECORD.



    CLARK: "AND I BELIEVE THAT THE LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED TO THE LETTER, AND SHOULD BE ENFORCED FIRMLY AND WITH THE LAW-ENFORCEMENT IN COMPLETE CONTROL AT ALL TIMES. IN SELMA, ALABAMA, WE HAVE ALMOST 50 PERCENT NEGRO POPULATION HERE, AND WE... IF WE LET THEM GET OUT OF HAND, THEY WOULD HAVE A LARGE SECTION OF THE NEGRO POPULATION UNDER THEIR CONTROL AT ONE TIME. IF WE HAD LET THEM GET OUT OF HAND, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT LET THEM GET OUT OF HAND, THEN THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT WE WOULD HAVE HAD, LIKE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. AS IT WAS, THERE WAS NOT ONE NEGRO KILLED IN ALL OF THE TROUBLE THAT TOOK PLACE IN SELMA."




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    Background: IN THE UNITED STATES, ELECTIONS ARE BEING HELD TODAY (TUESDAY) TO CHOOSE PARTY OFFICIALS FOR SCORES OF LOCAL OFFICES. ONE MAN FIGHTING TO HOLD HIS JOB IS SHERIFF JIM CLARK, OF SELMA, ALABAMA, THE SEGREGATIONIST WHO WAS ACCUSED OF BRUTALITY TOWARDS NEGROES IN LAST YEAR'S CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATIONS. HE IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION A THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF OF DALLAS COUNTY, OF WHICH SELMA IS PART.

    SHERIFF CLARK HAS BEEN RUNNING A VIGOROUS CAMPAIGN. LAST TIME HE RAN FOR OFFICE THERE WERE ONLY 300 NEGRO VOTERS. BUT NOW, FOLLOWING THE CIVIL RIGHTS VOTING ACT, THERE ARE 10,000. THEY ARE STILL OUTNUMBERED BY THE WHITES, BUT THE SHERIFF HAS A STRONG CHALLENGER. HE IS WILSON BAKER, THE MAN FORMERLY IN CHARGE OF PUBLIC SAFETY IN SELMA WHO EARNED PRAISE FOR HIS MODERATE STAND DURING THE DEMONSTRATIONS.

    SHERIFF CLARK MAKES IT QUITE CLEAR THAT HE IS NOT SEEKING THE NEGRO VOTE, ALTHOUGH TO WIN HE WILL NEED THE BULK OF THE WHITE SUPPORT. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS THAT HE HAS ATTENDED NEGRO POLITICAL RALLIES AND DONATED MONEY. DESPITE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HIM OF BRUTALITY, HE IS QUICK TO DEFEND HIS RECORD:-
    (WHOEVER IS RETURNED IN TODAY'S DALLAS COUNTY VOTE WILL ALMOST BE ASSURED OF BEING RETURNED IN THE FULL ELECTION LATER THIS YEAR, SUCH IS THE WEAKNESS OF THE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA25GCJSWZY08S53UOAWH2JUF30
    Media URN:
    VLVA25GCJSWZY08S53UOAWH2JUF30
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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