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Creator:Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission
Title:False witness
Date:1965 Nov.-1966 Jan.

Records collected by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission between November 1965 and January 1966 relating to the publication of an editorial titled "False witness" written by the Sovereignty Commission and published in newspapers around the country. The editorial responds to charges of Jackson, Mississippi police brutality during demonstrations in June 1965. According to the editorial, demonstrators were arrested after an event "for parading without permit and refusing to disperse when so ordered." The author asserts that members of the Justice Department, civil rights lawyers, and national news media at the event witnessed the demonstration and the arrest and did not report police violence. After the arrest, a three-man committee from the National Council of Churches spoke with the arrested demonstrators for two hours and later presented charges of police brutality to a group of United States congressmen. The Justice Department completed an investigation and did not bring any charges against the police department. The editorial expresses frustration that national news media widely reported the National Council of Churches claim of police violence but have not reported on the decision of the Justice Department. The editorial also chastises the members of the National Council of Churches for not apologizing for bearing false witness against the police in Jackson. The editorial was distributed to newspapers across the country through the U.S. Press Association and published in at least twenty-seven newspapers.

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Types:Articles | Editorials | Letters (correspondence) | Memorandums | Text
Subjects:Johnston, Erle | Police--Mississippi--Jackson | Police brutality--Mississippi--Jackson | Civil rights workers--Violence against--Mississippi--Jackson | Mississippi--Race relations--History--20th century | Race relations | Police--Mississippi--Jackson--Public opinion | Editorials--Mississippi--Jackson | Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission--Officials and employees | Civil rights demonstrations--Mississippi--Jackson | United States. Dept. of Justice | National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America | Legislators--United States | U.S. Press Association | United States, Mississippi, Hinds County, Jackson, 32.2987573, -90.1848103
Collection:Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Folders
Institution:Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Contributors:Mississippi. Department of Archives and History
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Forms part of Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006

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