Mayor Wagner's statement regarding City Hall Sit-ins
Thursday, August 22, 1963
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Recording opens with press officer describing the conference proceedings.
Mayor Wagner makes brief statement regarding the arrest of individuals participating in a civil rights sit-in at the Mayor's office. This ended 44 days of demonstrators gathering outside of their to chant and sing. The mayor said that he had been forced to react after increasing provocation. The incident involved twelve protesters who tried to chain themselves to a pillar at the entrance of City Hall, and when prevented from doing so by police attempted to storm the building. During the resulting scuffle three police officers were reported injured.
As a result Mayor Wagner banned sit-ins and restricted pickets to the outside perimeter of City Hall Square.
Following the Mayor's prepared talk Commissioner Michael J. Murphy answers a few questions related to the Police Department's plans of how to confront issues related to protesters.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70658
Municipal archives id: RT148