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Press conference at the Boston Schools Information Center
Boston School Report
Original Airdate: 9/9/1975

Length: 00:32:07
Item Type: newstape - live feed

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Description : Abstract
Press conference at the Boston Schools Information Center on day two of Phase II desegregation of Boston schools. Robert DiGrazia (Police Commissioner, City of Boston) takes questions about the arrests of 74 members of the Committee Against Racism, and how the police and judiciary process mass arrests in South Boston. DiGrazia also answers questions about police restraint and police response to violence in the streets. Ed Baumeister (WGBH reporter) notes that there are many arrests for minor infractions and few arrests for major incidents. Greg Pilkington (WGBH reporter) questions the police policy of restraint. DiGrazia says that there is a difference between low visibility and restraint; that police are making arrests. J. Stanley Pottinger (Assistant US Attorney General) discusses the presence of federal marshals in Boston and the on-going federal investigations into violations of the federal court order. Pottinger says that anti-busing activity at night can be considered a violation of the court order. DiGrazia says that police are making great efforts to crack down on violence and vandalism during the evening hours. Peter Meade (Mayor's Office) reports on public safety teams in Charlestown. Marion Fahey (Superintendent, Boston Public Schools) reports on school attendance and atmosphere. She gives information on registration for students without school assignments. Reporters ask Pottinger questions about the federal investigations of anti-busing activity. Reporters ask Fahey questions about school attendance and low attendance among white students. Fahey says that attendance will improve as parents and students realize that the schools are running smoothly. This tape has visible time code burned in at the bottom of the screen.

Contributor : Reporter
Ed Baumeister
Greg Pilkington
Format : Tape 1480   Barcode   
3/4" cassette 21833 
Betacam cassette 100269 
digital betacam cassette 103226 
VHS cassette 103214 

Subject : Keywords
Busing for school integration - Federal law enforcement
Busing for school integration - Police
Busing for school integration - Press conferences
Busing for school integration - School attendance
Busing for school integration - School management and organization
Busing for school integration - Violence
School superintendents

Subject : Personal Names
Baumeister, Ed
Brinn, Ron
Delaney, Roberta
DiGrazia, Robert
Donahue, Robert
Fahey, Marion
Meade, Peter
Pilkington, Greg
Pottinger, J. Stanley

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston School Department
Committee Against Racism (CAR)
National Guard
US Marshals

Subject : Geographic Locations
Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)

Type : Genre
News - Television special

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