• Short Summary

    POLICE AND WHITE SUPPORTERS OF FORMER ALABAMA GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE CLASHED WITH NEGRO DEMONSTRATORS AT A RALLY IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA, ON MONDAY.

  • Description

    POLICE AND WHITE SUPPORTERS OF FORMER ALABAMA GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE CLASHED WITH NEGRO DEMONSTRATORS AT A RALLY IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA, ON MONDAY.

    ABOUT 50 NEGRO HECKLERS CROWDED IN FRONT OF THE PLATFORM FROM WHICH MR. WALLACE WAS TO SPEAK. THE RALLY HAD BEEN CALLED TO COLLECT THE 750 SIGNATURES NEEDED TO SHOW THAT THE FORMER ALABAMA GOVERNOR HAD ENOUGH SUPPORT TO QUALIFY AS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE IN THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. WITHIN MINUTES HE HAD MANY MORE SIGNATURES THAN HE NEEDED.

    BUT THE RALLY PLUNGED OMAHA INTO RIOTING AND LOOTING. IN THE HALL ITSELF THE NEGROES STARTED CHANTING AND HECKLING AS SOON AS MR. WALLACE BEGAN HIS SPEECH. WHITE MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE ATTACKED THEM, HURLING CHAIRS AND PUNCHES. THE POLICE ALSO MOVED AGAINST THE NEGROES, PUSHING THEM TO THE BACK OF THE HALL WITH A FLURRY OF BATON BLOWS.

    THE VIOLENCE IN THE HALL WAS STOPPED, BUT IT SPREAD INTO THE CITY. STORES WERE LOOTED AND BUSES STONED. TWO WHITE MEN WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER THEY'D BEEN DRAGGED FROM THEIR CARS AND BEATEN. A NEGRO YOUTH WAS SHOT DEAD BY AN OFF-DUTY POLICEMAN.

    YESTERDAY NEGRO SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED DOWN BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS OFFICIALLY DESCRIBED AS A CONTINUING STATE OF UNREST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD69AA3AK9BZGLCT7PDVSM7SRA
    Media URN:
    VLVAD69AA3AK9BZGLCT7PDVSM7SRA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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