Box 12, Folder 30, Document 10

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Box 12, Folder 30, Document 10

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October 25, 1967
Chief H. T. Jenkins
Atlanta Police Department
Disorders on ~gnolia Street
Sunday - October 22, 1967
donday - 0 tober 23, 1967
Dear Sir:
On Sunday night, October 22, 1967, at about 9:30 p.m.,
Captain • c. Bryant called me and stated that a explosive
situation was about to develop at Vine and t1agnolia but
that he thought everything was under control .
I got re dy to go to the area nd just as I was
leaving, I heard on th r help call and fire call in this
area so proceeded to Vine and tagnolia .
I found that Officer J . B. Phillips and oth r
offic re h d arre ted several person
t th t location and
had · d conoidcroble trouble with the s bjects and after
the orre t nd the person had be n transported to j iL,
a consid rable crowd of di orderly r:er ons gathered on
1ognolia Str t between . faple and Vine ond set sever l
fires . The Fire Depart nt w s call d evernl ti~
th fir
w re put out ostly bcfor th Fire D partment
arriv d .
Lt. C. J. Perry and Copt·in ry nt w re on the cen
and had Car LO-, 12-B and a wagon patrolling th are . All
of thes w r
nn <l by negro offic r .
he crowd grew nd
ore di orderly, ctting firs nd throwing rocks
nd bottle • The Task lorce head d by Lt . c. B. Dicker on
and about ight p trot en were c lled into th Dr a with
peci l qui
nt, helraet, night ticks nd hotgun to
diapers th crowd . Several other arr ts w r
d , on
a known a it tor by th nm of c, uir, a white fe ale .
In a hort whil, order wa restored . I in tructed
two K-9 truck with driv r
nd the do s in th truck
to p trol th
the re t of the ni ht. The stre ta nd
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sidewalks were littered with debris, rocks and broken
bottle a
On 1onday, October 23, 1967, a circular was
distributed in the area calling for a mass meeting at
the play lot at ,1agno l ia and 1aple to protest white
ownership of stores and houses and police brut ality .
Alderman Q. v. Williamson called me and came
by my office . He wanted to ta l k to Officer J . B. Phillips
and I had Officer Phillips go by his office on Hunter
Street . Alderman Williamson brouTht one of the circulars
to me and stated he was present when they were run off
the .nachine ond that he thought that the so called "Rev .
Boone" was behind them .
Alderman Williamson was of the opinion that if
the officers would lighten up on the defendents , it would
help the situation . I did not agree with him but sent
Officer Phillips to see him .
I alerted Captain R.
Little and Lt . C. J .
Perry to the situation and instructed them to allow the
meeting if it
orderly .
I went to the are and was there until the
situotion got GO unruly , I ordered the Task Force into
the area iith full equipment to disperse the crowd e They
had set . fires against the doors of both super~arkets at
Vine and 1agnolia, Dcro s the entire street at taple and
gnolia and other fires in the street at ~agnolia ond
Walnut . The fires were fed by gasoline . The door at
Herman's Sup rmarket, 544 Magnolia, w s forced open and
looted of beer nd other articles . While the officers
were investigating this, The Rig Rock Supermarket was
brok n in the front door but no entrance was made . The
rear window of the captain's car w s ')rok n out by a brick
and as I passed a roup of people who were listening to
Senator ~roy John on who clai.ed he had the group under
control, apron tanding near him thr w a rock into my
front window which was down and struck rn on the hand . I
talked to Alderuan ililliamson the second time that night
at ~a~nolia and Vine and infor ed hi~ that l was goin· to
call 1.n reenforce ents and clear the area . He agreed with
e . Color pictures were made of ll damage .
1 h d held Lt . c . 3 . Dickerson and ei ht
of the Task Force in the building from 8:00 p • • until
that tie, and I c lled for them to co e into the or a and
disperse the unruly crowd . I was with them the entire time
and they did an excellent job of clearin the street with
no injuries or undu force and no arre ts . No ghots wer
fired, although the T sk Force wa€ ar.ed with riot 'uns .
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Captain 0 ., W. Jordan and the Crime Prev ntion
Bure U 9 including Lt . C a Dixon, Sgt. Goss and Detective
Re B. Moore, were on the scene and were of invaluable
assistance in restoring order and contacting the well
meaning people of the community of which there were many .,
It was found that most of the unruly crowd were
from several blocks to several miles away from this
immediate area .,
The Transit Company rerouted their buses from
this area during the worst part of the disorder and automobiles that did not belong in the area were prohibited
from traveling the street during the emergency .
On Tuesday night, the Cri e Prevention was
assigned to the area under the direction of Lt . Dixon and
Sgt . Goss and no trouble was reported anywhere in the area .
The Fire Department responded each time they were
called . They did ask that we appraise them of the nature
of the fire .so that they would know which type of equipment
to send . This was done and ~any fire calls were canceled
by the police when they could be handled without fire
equipment .
James F. Brown,

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