California: The Deadwyler Verdict

Peering into the cold red eye of the television camera, as they had for most of eight days, the nine members of the coroner's jury filed into hot, crowded Room 150 of the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice. Had they reached a verdict? They had: Leonard Deadwyler, 25, an unemployed Negro mechanic, had been shot, and 'killed, accidentally by white Los Angeles Patrolman Jerold Bova early last month, after he was stopped while speeding his pregnant wife to a hospital (TIME, June 3).

A scattering of militant Negroes tried to brandish the...

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