Box 12, Folder 30, Document 10
October 25, 1967
Chief H. T. Jenkins Atlanta Police Department
Disorders on ~gnolia Street Sunday - October 22, 1967 donday - 0 tober 23, 1967
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~ but 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 beca 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 tl two K-9 truck with driv r nd the do s in th truck to p trol th r 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
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 her 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, Superintendent JFB:b