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Column: Tribal smokeshop raid something out of 1963

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TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2003

"It's his words versus those pictures.

[F]ootage of the police-Indian face-off in Charlestown, which TV aired repeatedly, was vivid, shocking -- and ambiguous. At a glance, the turmoil, rife with scuffles, screams, and even police dogs, seemed like something out of Birmingham in 1963. Viewers easily could conclude that the police were bullies. It may be, as Carcieri asserted, that the Indians, frustrated at not getting the General Assembly to further their quest for a casino, wanted a scene and provoked the police. But this was not obvious from the tape."

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Relevant Links:
Narragansett Tribe - http://www.narragansett-tribe.org

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