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    Ramsey Clark, Attorney General, responds to comments made by the Mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley, in which he controversially said that police should shoot to kill arsonists.

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    Background: (DALEY)
    CHICAGO--MAYOR RICHARD J. DALEY, DEFENDING HIS CONTROVERSIAL ORDER THAT POLICE SHOULD SHOOT TO KILL ARSONISTS, COMPARED SUCH INCENDIARIES TODAY TO THE ASSASSINS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

    DALEY DID NOT BACK DOWN ON HIS ORDER MONDAY THAT POLICE SHOULD USE "DEADLY FORCE" AGAINST ARSONISTS DURING RIOTS SUCH AS THOSE WHICH SWEPT CHICAGO LAST WEEK. HE ALSO ORDERED POLICE TO "SHOOT TO MAIM OR CRIPPLE" LOOTERS.

    HOWEVER, IN A STATEMENT READ BEFORE A PACKED MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL, DALEY SAID THE ESTABLISHED POLICY OF THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT--"FULLY SUPPORTED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION"--IS TO USE ONLY THE MINIMUM FORCE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT ITS DUTIES.

    "BUT THIS ESTABLISHED POLICY WAS NEVER INTENDED TO SUPPORT PERMISSIVE VIOLENCE, DESTRUCTION AND A COMPLETE DENIAL FOR THAT RESPECT FOR LAW WHICH IS VITAL TO OUR DEMOCRATIC WAY OF LIFE.

    "MEN POISED WITH MOLOTOV COCKTAILS, INCENDIARIES OR FIRE BOMBS OF ANY KIND ARE THE SAME AS THE ASSASSINS WHO PULL THE TRIGGERS ON THE GUNS THAT KILLED THE REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE LATE PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY."
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    WASHINGTON--THE U.S. MAY HAVE MADE A DIPLOMATIC BLUNDER IN SUGGESTING SPECIFIC ASIAN SITES FOR PRELIMINARY TALKS WITH HANOI, U.S. OFFICIALS CONCEDED TODAY.

    THE OFFICIALS SAID THAT FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF "FACE," NORTH VIETNAM MIGHT CONSIDER IT UNDESIRABLE TO ACCEPT A SITE PROPOSED BY THE U.S.

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON SENT A MESSAGE TO HANOI LATE LAST WEEK SUGGESTING AS MEETING SITES RANGOON, BURMA; JAKARTA, INDONESIA; NEW DELHI, INDIA; AND VIENTIANE, LAOS.

    OFFICIALS HAD NO IMMEDIATE COMMENT ON AN EDITORIAL IN THE OFFICIAL NORTH VIETNAMESE NEWSPAPER NHAN DAN WHICH DEMANDED THAT THE U.S. "SPEEDILY" AGREE TO WARSAW, POLAND OR PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA AS A MEETING GROUND.

    THE U.S. HAS BALKED AT BOTH OF THESE SITES. THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE SPECULATION THAT A THIRD PARTY MOVE TO BREAK THE STALEMATE BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND HANOI MIGHT COME FROM U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL THANT.

    THANT CONFERRED FOR OVER AN HOUR TUESDAY NIGHT IN NEW YORK WITH ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N., ON THANT'S RETURN FROM PARIS WHERE HE HAD TALKED WITH MAI VAN BO, HANOI'S REPRESENTATIVE THERE.

    U.S.OFFICIALS HAD NO IMMEDIATE REPORT ON THE THANT-GOLDBERG CONVERSATION, BUT SPECULATION CONTINUED THAT PARIS MIGHT BE A SITE WHICH COULD BREAK THE DEADLOCK.

    THERE WERE ALSO REPORTS IN LONDON TODAY THAT THE SOVIET UNION MIGHT INTERVENE IN THE IMPASSE BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND HANOI.

    IN THE PAST, THE SOVIET UNION HAS SHOWN AN INTEREST IN GETTING TALKS STARTED. BUT IT HAS GENERALLY HELD TO THE POSITION THAT IT WAS UP TO THE U.S. TO TAKE SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO GET THINGS MOVING.

    RUSSIA HAS BEEN PUBLICLY CRITICAL OF THE PARTIAL U.S. BOMBING HALT, CONTENDING IT IS ONLY A HALF MEASURE. BUT THE SOVIET UNION HAS SAID IT FEELS U.S. OVERTURES FOR TALKS ARE REALISTIC.

    ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL REASONS THE U.S. HAS BEEN HOLDING OUT FOR A SITE OTHER THAN PHNOM PENH OR WARSAW WOULD APPEAR THE DESIRE TO HAVE REPRESENTATIVES OF SOUTH VIETNAM AND SOUTH KOREA COLSE AT HAND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA57CNUBHWFHBMYVMW5MZ09XTBT
    Media URN:
    VLVA57CNUBHWFHBMYVMW5MZ09XTBT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1968
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (2)

  1. MasonSus says

    Dear BritishPathe / Reuters:
    This clip description indicates that Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley is shown, but he is not in the clip posted. Is the footage of Mayor Daley making the statement referred to available from your archive?

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  2. BritishPathe says

    Hi Susanne,

    Thank you for your comment.

    We will amend our records to indicate this.

    All of the footage we have on Richard Daley can be found here:

    https://www.britishpathe.com/workspaces/BritishPathe/4gYXfHkD

    I hope that helps you find what you are looking for!

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