About 1,000 angry negroes marched to the city hall in Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday and scores of them took over a city council meeting.
GV Crowd outside city hall
GV Interior council room
SV PAN along protestors
SV Woman speaker being applauded
SCU Mayor John Ballard
GV Protestors leaving court
SV Black protestors burning American flag
SV Man with loudspeaker (2 shots)
SV Police arresting demonstrators / scuffle (3 shots)
REPORTER: "Today the shooting has become a major crisis. Blacks crowded into the chamber and took over a microphone to complain that the shooting was the second incident of its type in a month, in Akron."
WOMAN: "You people, you people - you're supposed to be saying ... you're supposed to be helping us (INDISTINCT). If you stepped out of this place here you could I've stopped that shooting, man you could've stopped it all."
REPORTER: "Mayor John Bellard had already suspended the detective involved in their shooting and a grand Jury is now investigating. Today, the Mayor promised another investigation but that was not enough for the younger blacks, who took their anger to the street. They ran the Black Nationalist flag up the city hall flagpole and burned the American flag they took down. Black police and others tried to cool them down, asking them to wait and see what else the city would do in response to the shooting."
MAN'S VOICE: "The reasons we're down here is to change the decision to get the kid jailed. If they don't do what they say they gonna do, we'll all come out."
REPORTER: "That was enough for most of the crowd, but then somebody heaved a rock through a window. Police moved in there was a lot of pushing and shoving, and three of the crowd were arrested. Police say they were fired upon last night in a black neighbourhood. But late this afternoon the peace-makers were busy again in Akron. Steve Delaney, NBC News."
About one thousand angry negroes marched on the city hall in Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday to protest at the fatal shooting of a coloured youth by a white policeman at the weekend.
"You people are supposed..."
"... stopped it all."
Eventually some order was restored by the promise of a meeting with the mayor. The protestors crossed the road to the city armoury to choose their delegates.
But things again got out of hand and some of the demonstrators hauled down the American flag and burned it. One man tried to reason ....
His appeal failed to stop the crowd. A rock was thrown through a window, police moved in, and three people were arrested.
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Background: About 1,000 angry negroes marched to the city hall in Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday and scores of them took over a city council meeting.
They were demonstrating over the fatal shooting of a black youth by a white policeman at the weekend.
A councilman finally persuaded the crowd to leave after promising to arrange a meeting between a delegation from the protestors and the mayor.
The crowd went to the nearby armoury to choose their delegates, but feelings again ran high and the American flag was hauled down and burned.
Police moved in and made several arrests.