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tv   1967 Detroit Riots WXYZ-TV Documentary  CSPAN  July 23, 2017 11:28am-12:01pm EDT

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>> i think it's kind of awful. people are in this position to suffer. all the stores are closed and the restrooms. >> blame anybody? >> i do not know who to blame. it's really awful. >> does that make it right? >> no, it is not right. >> are you angry, mad?
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>> no, not exactly. >> [indiscernible] [horn honks] >> [indiscernible]
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[chaotic sounds] [helicopter sounds] >> what are you shooting at?
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>> [indiscernible] [horn honks] >> burn, baby, burn. [indiscernible] [horn honks]
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>> when the fire department gets here shortly they will try. , hopefully they will succeed. that block of buildings is gone and next to it is gas stations . when the department gets a truck here, hopefully, the block of buildings is gone, and next to it is gas stations behind it. homes and people. >> 20 minutes after 5:00, what are you doing? >> out to go to my aunties house for a while. then look for someplace else to live.
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>> what do you mean someplace else? >> go someplace else. they got burned up. they can't my house and burned it all down. >> do you know how the fire started? >> no idea at all. >> we saw some people. >> at an ohio it starts. -- i don't know how it starts. look at my house, i have no house. >> it's obvious there have been a lot of arsonists at work, major fires in the area, south and north of grand boulevard.
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15 major fires. it's obvious there has been looting and other damage. i'm concerned about whether or not there's a fire agreement. >> are you considering establishing martial law? >> i'm going down to get more of information about the total picture. >> thank you, governor. ♪
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>> mayor, governor. >> a telegram has been sent to the president of the united states. with further reference, as governor of the state of michigan i hereby request the immediate employment of federal -- deployment of federal troops into michigan to reestablish law -- immediate deployment of federal troops into michigan to reestablish law and order in the city of detroit. i'm joined in this request by
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the mayor of the city of detroit. >> [gunshots] >> we're here at the request of governor romney, we are going to
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go downtown and meet with him and mayor kavanaugh to set out specific plans for support systems. the governor has arranged for it. >> what circumstances will it take to send troops into detroit? >> we will have to wait and see what happens. >> is their general criteria you will be examining? how unusual is -- >> thank you. >> he will call later when he has more to say.
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>> [helicopter sounds]
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>> [indiscernible]
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>> mayor, governor. all right. >> i think it is premature to predict at this time with the -- what the night will bring but we devoutly hope that peace and security will be restored and things can get back to normal. as rapidly as possible. >> federal troops will be in the
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city as of tonight. >> they will. >> [police siren] >> [inaudible] >> get out of the way. >> make a whole -- a hole.
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>> [indiscernible] >> my grandmother's house at the projects, i was coming down the sidewalk going to the next building, and there was a burst of fire from the top of the building. i didn't know it -- which one it
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came from, but i was hit in the leg. my buddies, he got hit but it was not too bad. >> what was your reaction? >> after i was shot, i fell right to the pavement. >> are you bewildered or angry? >> i do not think it is right for my people to be acting the way they are. we are fighting one war in vietnam, and we are losing as it is. why should we be fighting a war amongst ourselves? we need to get together over there so people will not be fighting a war in their back yards.
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>> [sirens]
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>> everybody get out. [indiscernible conversation]
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[no audio] >> [indiscernible conversation]
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[traffic noise, horns honking] >> we're waiting here for chris -- >> did you see him? >> i don't know, behind this truck? >> where is he? >> [gunshots]
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>> [indiscernible] >> cut the lights out. >> [gunfire]
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[rapid gunfire]
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>> this is a battle zone. these are troops. this is like war. that's one difference. the enemy was captured, and will have their day in court. this is jim harrington on the street with the national guard. ♪
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>> it is not fair. >> that was home, wasn't it? >> yes, it was my home. >> everybody got ok? >> yes they did. , >> there is no home now? >> pretty hopeless last night, no fire department. >> that's right. we tried to get it in this block. everybody pitched in and tried save with a code. >> are you agree at anybody for all this?
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>> no, i am not. i am a christian. i'm just praying for everybody , for the things they do wrong. >> all newsmen across the country have known for years and television pictures of what happens in a riot or racial disturbance, or just a general disturbance, call it what you will. we always wonder what it would be like what we were right in the center of one and the target. it's a very strange feeling, because no matter how liberal you think you are, or how conservative you may be, no matter what your own personal views are all of a sudden you , find out there are folks who live in the same town you are -- you do, who hate you enough on a given occasion to attack you. it makes you kind of wonder. not because you don't understand it. i think we could all think of five or six reasons why something like this starts and why it continues, but because we gets down to the very personal thing of one guy against another
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guy on the street corner in your hometown, then it doesn't make any sense at all. this is ken thomas on 12th street. >> [drumming] [bellringing]
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♪ >> [dog barking] >> fire! [gunshot] >> fire! [gunshot]
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>> fire! [gunshot] >> the detroit riot lasted seven days. it was triggered by a police raid on a blind egg -- pig. but the conditions that led to the right have been with us for generations. they are still with us today. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] you are watching american history tv on c-span3. reince erected in the city of detroit, michigan, sparked by a police raid on a bar called the blind take. saiddent lyndon b. johnson 5000 federal troops. atperty damage was estimated more than 30 million. the affected areas still bear the scars of the riots.


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