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Police presence on the streets of Charlestown on the first day of school in 1975
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[Police presence in Charlestown.]
Original Airdate: 9/8/1975

Length: 00:22:26
Item Type: newstape - original footage


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1:00:06
Visual: Crowds are gathered along Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown. Police are stationed along street. An MBTA bus is stopped in the street. Several people, including Mon O'Shea (Associate Dean, Bunker Hill Community College) stop to speak to a police captain. MDC police officers march in formation up the street, followed by MDC officers on motorcycles. The media mills about, photographing police and crowds.
Police radios and crowd noise are audible.
MDC police line up in the intersection of Bunker Hill and Monument Streets. The MBTA bus passes through the intersection. US Marshals in plain clothes and riot helmets are gathered to one side of Bunker Hill Street. A police officer is visible on the roof of a building in the Bunker Hill Housing Project.
Helicopter noise is audible.
Shot of police cars lining Bunker Hill Street.

1:08:28
V: Police motorcycles pass through the intersection of Bunker Hill and Monument Streets, and continue up Monument Street. Crowds outside of the Bunker Hill Housing Project watch the action on the street. Two men survey the scene from the roof of a project building. Tactical Patrol Force (TPF) officers march in formation toward the intersection of Bunker Hill and Monument Streets.
A voice commands onlookers to get off the street and onto the sidewalks.
More police march toward the intersection. Police officers in riot helmets walk down Monument Street into the housing project. A helicopter is visible overhead.

1:13:01
V: Police motorcycles and officers are lined up in the intersection of Bunker HIll and Monument Streets, facing the Bunker Hill Housing Project.
Shots of police motorcycles blocking Bunker Hill Street.
Police officers in riot helmets are lined up along Monument Street near the housing project. The press mills about, taking photographs.
Helicopter noise is audible.

1:16:46
V: A large crowd is gathered in Monument Street outside of the Bunker Hill Housing Project. Dennis Kearney (State Representative) is visible in the crowd. Police motorcycles are lined up in the intersection of Bunker Hill and Monument Streets, facing the housing project.
Helicopter noise is audible.
A sign in the shape of a gravestone is posted on a building: "Charlestown is mourning for the loss of its neighborhood schools. September 8, 1975." The crowd mills about on Monument Street among the housing project buidings. Police officers are stationed on the roofs of project buildings.

1:18:51
V: A large group of youth streams out of the housing project onto Bunker Hill Street. The crowd greets them with a cheer and begins to chant, then stops. Bunker Hill Street is crowded with cars, police motorcycles and people. The crowd of youth appears to be moving up the street, away from police.


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