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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of mayor J. R. Allen announcing a curfew in Columbus, Georgia, 1971 July 28

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)


In this WSB newsfilm clip dated July 28, 1971, a reporter announces that Columbus mayor J. R. Allen has established a ten pm voluntary curfew for the residents of Columbus, Georgia, and Mayor Allen announces the imposition of the same evening curfew at a press conference.The clip begins with footage of cars driving down a busy commercial street, possibly Broadway, in Columbus, Georgia. A reporter announces that the mayor will consider any vehicle traveling on the streets of Columbus after ten pm suspect, but that he has not specified what action will be taken against curfew violators will be, as he has chosen to leave the assignment of penalties to the discretion of law enforcement officials. According to the reporter, an unnamed African American spokesperson has raised objections to the mayor's allowance of the police to use their own discretion. The reporter's commentary is truncated by a statement made by Mayor Allen at a press conference. Speaking into a single microphone, Allen announces the imposition of the citywide curfew, and declares "tonight, starting at ten pm, I am asking all citizens to voluntarily stay in their homes and off the streets. I have called on all the law enforcement agencies to consider suspect any vehicle moving on the streets after ten pm. This may result in you being stopped, questioned, and inconvenienced. The degree of your volunteer cooperation in this matter will determine whether stricter measures will be required. Thank you." The clip ends at the end of Allen's statement....
Allen, James R., 1930-1973
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