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Episode #20

Near Riot

Air date 06/16/13
Host: Maggie Stevenson

As Medgar Evers’ hearse made its way from the service to the funeral home, several thousand mourners followed. But a large splinter group of young bereaved headed downtown, where 250 heavily armed law enforcement officers met them. The protesters began throwing debris. A near riot ensued. Then John Doar from the federal Justice Department stepped in and brought calm.