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Ten O'Clock News; Confiscated drug money


Deborah Wang reports that the Boston Police Department and the District Attorney's Office keep the money confiscated from drug arrests. Neighborhood groups want the money to go back into the community to fund drug education, drug treatment, and crime watch efforts. Interview with Bill Good of the Boston Police Department. Good says that the Police Department needs the money to keep its "operational edge" over drug traffickers. Interview with City Councilor Charles Yancey, who says that community residents are the most valuable asset in the war against drugs. Press conference at City Hall, where Yancey, Ben Haith (Roxbury Multi-Service Center) and Louis Elisa (NAACP) talk about the need to return confiscated drug money to the community. City Councilor Dapper O'Neil arrives at the press conference. O'Neil and State Rep. Byron Rushing confront each other on the issue. Wang reports that the city budget is tight and various groups are fighting over small amounts of money. Wang's report is accompanied by footage of police officers making a drug arrest.

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Ten O'Clock News

Confiscated drug money

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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Rushing, Byron
O'Neil, Albert L., 1920-2007
Boston (Mass.). Police Dept.
Yancey, Charles C.
Urban policy
Press conferences
Drug abuse -- Treatment
Arrest (Police methods)
Drug abuse -- Prevention
Drug traffic
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Yancey, Charles C. (Interviewee)
Rushing, Byron (Speaker)
O'Neil, Albert L., 1920-2007 (Speaker)
Wang, Deborah (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Confiscated drug money,” 08/01/1989, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7235A2A34F9C4195BD5EE502CBC00894.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Confiscated drug money.” 08/01/1989. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7235A2A34F9C4195BD5EE502CBC00894>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Confiscated drug money. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_7235A2A34F9C4195BD5EE502CBC00894
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