Near Riot 9/11/67
Near Riot Is Quelled Milwaukee Housing March By KEN HARTNETT MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP)Hundreds (AP)Hundreds of residents of the vlr. tually all-white South Side were scattered by repeated rounds of police tear gas Sunday night in a near riotous aftermath to a Negro open housing march. "Let's go to the North Side," shouted South Side youths mill, ing along what they mistakenly believed -would be the route of the Negro marchers. "North North!" Police, who tried to persuade the throngs to disperse -were pelted -with wood, bo'ilts and bricks. They retaliated -with tear gas firing down residential streets after whites -who retreat, ed there. The 2,500 marchers, who had taken a different route through the South Side in a 14th straight day of demonstrations, were al. ready back at their headquar. ters in the nearly all-Negro North Side -when the -white up. rising started. Nineteen per. sons were arrested and three were injured before it was over. Only minor incidents had oc curred during the open housing march, held under heavy police guard. After a series of tear gas at. tacks, about 500 youths finally formed a parade line. Police al. lowed half the group to move all the way across a viaduct lead, ing out of the South Side. At the end of the viaduct, police stopped the march cold with a show of force, and persuasion. The Negro marchers had just disappeared over the viaduct after the largest civil rights demonstration in the city's history history when th* trouble flared along a South Side business street about two miles away. Residents refused at first to believe police assertions that the Negro marchers were not coming through their neighbor. hood, "Listen to your radios if you don't believe me," one officer officer said. "They're back on the North Side." Fire crackers began to ex. plode. The crowd took up the chant, "We want Groppi," a refarence to the white Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. James E. Groppi, who is leading the Negro demonstrations. Father Groppi, son of I; Ulan immi grants, was born and raised the South Side. Rocks flew toward police. Squads of fofficers in gas masks rushed forward and began began firing tear gas canisters to the crowd. The crowds kept reforming after each tear gas attack. Occasionally Occasionally police would move into them and haul away young men suspected of throwing the bottles and stones. An estimated 150,000 Polish. Americans live on the South Side, which has a population of about 350,000. Milwaukee has 86,000 Negroes, almost all of them live on the North Side.