In 1959, two years after federal troops were sent into Little Rock to quell rioters, another racist mob marched down Little Rock's 14th Street bent on creating new troubles for tempest-tossed school authorities and the Negro children who were again trying to enter Central High School. This riot never came off, and one of the main reasons was the presence of a big (6 ft. 2½ in., 213 Ibs.) cop named Eugene Smith (TIME. Aug. 24). Police Chief Smith and his squads were ready for the mob leaders, picked them out one by one and sent them off to jail...

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