The Nation: A Need for Inventiveness

After six days of a wildcat walkout, the biggest police strike in the U.S. since Boston's in 1919, more than 20,000 New York patrolmen returned to their jobs last week. Somehow, as they usually do, New Yorkers had muddled through. Crime did not rise, despite dire predictions that every gangster and petty criminal would have a field day, and traffic was no more snarled than usual. The fact that detectives, sergeants and ranking officers stayed on the job and that the weather was bitterly cold helped keep things quiet. One psychologist praised the...

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