The sale of liquor, firearms, and ammunition has been banned in Columbus, Georgia, following a wave of violence and firebombings.
LV Timber yard burning (Night scenes)
MV Firemen hosing fire
MV Two policemen in F/G & fire burning in B/G
LV Government building PAN TO police cars (Day scenes)
MLV Police cars
SV Ditto different angle
MV Two people walking down street PAN TO police cars
MV People & police around police cars
CU Negro Spokesman
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Background: 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".