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Chicago Police Appeal for Calm Amidst Racial Strife

July 17, 1961 - James B. Conlisk (pictured), Superintendent of the Police, appealed today for a sense of community responsibility to ease Chicago's racial tension. At a news conference Mr. Conlisk declared: "It is the duty of Negroes and whites to foster good relations." He sent 27 more policemen to the near West Side, a predominantly Negro area. It is an area in which roving gangs of Negro teenagers beat at least 11 white persons last week in what appeared to be reprisals for the fatal shooting of a Negro boy Wednesday. There was also a racial disturbance yesterday at Rainbow Beach on Lake Michigan as Negroes who tried to join in the routine "wade-ins" there were heckled. Twelve white persons were arrested.


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