The sale of liquor, firearms, and ammunition has been banned in Columbus, Georgia, following a wave of violence and firebombings.
The sale of liquor, firearms, and ammunition has been banned in Columbus, Georgia, following a wave of violence and firebombings. There were more than 40 fires on Monday night (June 21), with at least 27 of them attributed to arsonists. Firemen, police, and a contingent of state troopers were standing by on Tuesday (22 June), in the event of further violence.
The outbreak of fires began Saturday (19 June) after some 500 negro marchers protested the firing of seven negro policemen, who had picketed police headquarters to protest racial discrimination on the force. There are 30 negroes on the 300-man force at present, but negro leaders are asking for a nearly 100 more. By percentage, this would be equivalent to the black population in Columbus.
Monday night's violence began after a black youth was shot by police. Authorities said the slaying had no connection with the city's racial turmoil, but a civil rights leader termed the killing "just plain murder".