• Short Summary

    THE COMMISSION APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO INVESTIGATE THE RIOTS THAT BROUGHT CHAOS TO SOLE AMERICAN CITIES LAST SUMMER HAS DELIVERED ITS REPORT, AND IT CONTAINS SOME STERN WARNINGS.

  • Description

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    LV NEW YORK SKYLINE.
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    2.
    MV KERNER INTERVIEWED.
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    3.
    CU KERNER (SOF).
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    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: WHAT DID CITY OFFICIAL DO WRONG ONCE THIS RIOT POTENTIAL WAS DEVELOPED, ONCE THE SPARK WAS STRUCK?



    KERNER: WELL, THE SPARK ACTUALLY WAS UNPREDICTABLE, SO FAR AS WE COULD SEE IT. IT SEEMED TO US, IN ALMOST EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE, IT WAS LYING IT WAS TOUGHER POLICE ACTION, BUT BECAUSE OF THE EMOTION THAT WAS LYING UNDERNEATH, AND APT TO POP UP AT ANY TIME, POP UP BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WERE OUT DURING THE SUMMER, AT CERTAIN HOURS OF THE DAY, USUALLY AT THE WEEKEND, THE TEMPERATURE WAS UP AROUND THE EIGHTIES, WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT, AND THEY SAW IN THE POLICEMEN - BE THEY BLACK OR WHITE, BY THE DAY - THEY SAW AUTHORITY, AND THEY WERE REBELLING AGAINST THIS AUTHORITY. THEY REPRESENTED 'WHITEY' WHOM THEY DIDN'T LIKE, AND BECAUSE OF THAT THESE THINGS JUST POPPED UP AND THE INCIDENTS AROSE.



    REPORTER: NOW THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE BUYING A GREAT DEAL OF ARMOURED TRUCKS AND VARIOUS HEAVY EQUIPMENT, WILL THIS HELP?



    KERNER: NO, AS A MATTER OF FACT WE THINK THIS IS THE WRONG WAY TO GO. WE THINK THAT BY RELIEVING THE CAUSES RATHER THAN BY STRONG SHOWS OF ARMED FORCES IS THE WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE COMMISSION APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO INVESTIGATE THE RIOTS THAT BROUGHT CHAOS TO SOLE AMERICAN CITIES LAST SUMMER HAS DELIVERED ITS REPORT, AND IT CONTAINS SOME STERN WARNINGS.

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION, GOVERNOR OTTO KERNER OF ILLINOIS, MET REPORTERS TO EXPLAIN THE REPORT. HIS VIEWS ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CITY GOVERNMENTS WERE MADE CLEAR.........

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF28LVB5QZFJQ9L2EHLGKYBAIG
    Media URN:
    VLVAF28LVB5QZFJQ9L2EHLGKYBAIG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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