Peace was finally restored to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sunday night (7 April) by 3,200 National Guard Troops who arrived in the city during the day after three days of racial rioting, looting, and fire bombing.
MS STATE POLICE & NATIONAL GUARDSMEN MOVE DOWN STREET IN REGARD "HILL DISTRICT"
MCU NATIONAL GUARDSMEN ON MOBILE RADIO
MS NATIONAL GUARDSMEN MOVE DOWNSTREET IN "HILL DISTRICT"
MS (3 SHOTS) NATIONAL GUARDSMEN STANDING BY TO HALT LOOTING.
MS STATE POLICE MAN WITH RIFLE ON GUARD
LS HOUSE BURNING
MS FIRE TRUCK PULLS UP
MS FIREMEN FIGHTING FIRE
MS MORE FIRE TRUCKS PULL UP
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Background: Peace was finally restored to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sunday night (7 April) by 3,200 National Guard Troops who arrived in the city during the day after three days of racial rioting, looting, and fire bombing.
Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer declared a state of emergency Sunday and called in the Guard when it became apparent that Pittsburgh city police and extra Pennsylvania State Police were unable to end the arson, looting and general vandalism.
Before the troops arrived Sunday, gangs of Negro vandals on the "Hill district," Pittsburgh's Negro ghetto, threw firebombs and broke into liquor stores. Many of the fires were minor, in garbage cans or in vacant lots, but one grew our of control and destroyed a large lumber yard.
Approximately 50,000 Negroes live on the hill in an area not much more than a square mile. By midnight, streets on the hill were almost deserted except for the troops and police. Six to 12 Guardsmen or state police stood at every intersection. Crowds that taunted the troops and threw rocks at them as they arrived Sunday afternoon broke up. Toward evening, as the temperature dropped, some Negro residents brought coffee to the troops standing guard.
Pittsburgh police said at least 700 people had been arrested and 188 fires started since the violence began Thursday after news of Doctor Martin Luther King, junior's death. At least 50 people were injured including eight police and firemen. City officials said the vandals did not seem to be organized but were acting individually.