The Law: Lawmen on Trial

There seemed to be nothing very unusual stirring in Biloxi, Miss. The trial down at the courthouse did prompt one high school civics class to look in, but that was routine. What they saw, though, had never been seen before in Biloxi. Filling up the left side of the visitors' gallery were 43 scrubbed and cropped white patrolmen—all defendants in a civil suit. And they were being sued by blacks, specifically by three young students who had been wounded and by the survivors of two other blacks who had been killed in the 1970 shootings at Jackson State College.

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