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Author: Michael Singer; Ann Curry; KCBS-TV (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.); Peabody Collection. African-American History and Culture Programs.; Peabody Collection. Women's History and Culture Programs.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : [KCBS-TV], [1989]
Edition/Format:   Video : Videocassette : U-matic   Visual material : English
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"In late January 1989, a network news crew videotaped a Long Beach police officer apparently pushing a black man into a store window. The videotape made national headlines and raised questions about police brutality and racism in Long Beach. But the questions were nearly buried in controversy. The Long Beach Police Officers [Association] pointed out that the black man was a known crusader against police racism. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: News
Television
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Singer; Ann Curry; KCBS-TV (Television station : Los Angeles, Calif.); Peabody Collection. African-American History and Culture Programs.; Peabody Collection. Women's History and Culture Programs.
OCLC Number: 44676489
Notes: Title supplied by cataloger; production credits supplied from 1989 Peabody Awards entry form; one interviewee credit supplied from soundtrack.
Entry to the 1989 Peabody Awards, News category.
Running time: 12:30.
Performer(s): [Reporter:] Ann Curry; [interviews with:] William Powell, Pamela Powell, Mike Tracy, William Westland, Diana Westland, Frank Berry, Lawrence Binkley, Tom Barham, Marshall Funkhouser, [Philip Coleman], Charles Ussery.
Event notes: According to the 1989 Peabody Awards entry form, the two segments of this program were originally broadcast on February 9-10, 1989.
Description: 1 videocassette of 1 (U-matic) (13 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in. arch master
Other Titles: KCBS-TV news (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Police racism and brutality
Responsibility: KCBS-TV ; executive producer, Michael Singer ; producer, Ann Curry ; writer, Ann Curry].

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"In late January 1989, a network news crew videotaped a Long Beach police officer apparently pushing a black man into a store window. The videotape made national headlines and raised questions about police brutality and racism in Long Beach. But the questions were nearly buried in controversy. The Long Beach Police Officers [Association] pointed out that the black man was a known crusader against police racism. The [Association] accused him and the network news crew of unfairly 'setting up' the police officers. Within days the story was dropped. News organizations throughout Los Angeles ... were distracted by the controversy, and forgot the questions it raised. KCBS ... decided the questions raised about racism and brutality had to be investigated."--1989 Peabody Awards entry form excerpt. This program includes investigations into accusations of police brutality and even murder by officers of the Long Beach Police Department. William and Pamela Powell, an African-American couple, and William and Diana Westland, a white couple, describe the beatings inflicted in separate incidents by Long Beach police upon Mr. Powell and Mr. Westland. Marshall Funkhouser recounts his calling the police to help subdue his mentally ill son, Arnold. Arnold was apparently beaten to death enroute to the police station. Police Chief Lawrence Binkley and Police Officers Association (POL) president Mike Tracy defend the officers' actions in all the cases as using necessary force to subdue hostile prisoners. The program includes a discussion of charges against the POL of impeding internal police investigations of the beatings. Includes footage of the arrest of the black man and his face being pushed into the store window.

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