Large areas of New York are without police protection following a strike by police patrolmen seeking higher wages--despite a union plea and a court rule that they return to work.
GTV Police hold back demonstrators
SV Demonstrators fight with police
SV Demonstrator led away by police.
CU Policeman being interviewed SOF STARTS: "Sanitation went.." SOF ENDS: "..wrong with that."
CU Another policeman speaks: SOF STARTS: "This job...." SOF ENDS: "..the community."
SV PAN Policeman sitting in room VOICE OVER "We have... to"...
CU Another policeman speaks: SOF STARTS: "We're in......" SOF ENDS: "..done for us."
SV Patrolmen demonstrating in Broadway out side Union office.
SV Other policemen in uniform guard City Hall across street.
TRANSCRIPTS: (SEQ. 4) "Sanitation went on strike. They came up to our salary. Subways went on strike. They went up. The police, the only ones that obey the laws and fulfil their duties all this time, are the ones who are being punished and now are down at a lower rate rather than the other departments. there's something wrong with that."
(SEQ. 5) "This job action is to alert the citizens to the fact that we are giving to the people in the community the highest thing we have to offer them--and that's our lives. All we ask in return is a fair exchange for what we want to give to the community."
(SEQ. 6) "We have two platoons here. Every man here wants to be in the street, and should be in the street. But because we have a right, and we're fighting for our rights, that's why we're here. We have over thirty men sitting right here right now that should be out on the street. But the city has turned their backs on us. We're not turning our backs on the people in the community--we're trying to alert them to what's happening here."
(SEQ. 7) "We're in desperate need. I have children. I'm not alone. Something must be done for us."
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Background: Large areas of New York are without police protection following a strike by police patrolmen seeking higher wages--despite a union plea and a court rule that they return to work.
The expected crime wave has not yet, however, materialised--although large-scale traffic jams have almost seized up the city centre.
The dispute is the first major stoppage by a metropolitan police force since 1919. Between 60 and 75 per cent of the City's 32,000 uniformed policemen have refused to turn out for work. The strike was precipitated on Friday (15 Jan.) by a court postponing indefinitely an expected pay rise. At the same time, police strikers are demanding the removal of their union chief, Edward Kiernan, who has appealed to them to return to their beats. Meanwhile, essential work is being attempted by detectives, senior officers and instructors.
While traffic jams become progressively heavier and threaten to disrupt the city, shopkeepers are boarding up their windows at night with heavy iron grills. New York's Mayor, John Lindsay, and Police Commissioner Patrick Murphy have assured the public that the situation is under control--but both men warned this could not last indefinitely. If law and order broke down, the City would probably have to ask for troops to move in. One fear is that Thursday's (14 Jan.) demonstration by telephone workers, which had to be controlled by police, will be repeated.
The court rule ordering the men to return was made yesterday when supreme court justice Samele Gold issued a temporary injunction against the police and their union. This so far, has been ignored.