Nation: Should Looters Be Shot?

Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley was hopping mad. Mulling over the massive damage caused by black rioters on the city's West Side after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Daley came to the conclusion that he had been badly let down by his police. The toll: 162 buildings gutted by arsonists, 22 more partially destroyed; 268 businesses and homes looted; $9,000,000 in property losses; eleven lives lost. Yet, of the 2,900 Negroes arrested, only 19 were charged with arson. Last week Daley's ire erupted with nationwide reverberations.

"I have conferred with the superintendent of police and given him the following instructions, which I...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!