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Start Date: 3-Jun-1971 9:51 AM
End Date: 3-Jun-1971 11:44 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Shyrock, John R.; Murphy, George A.; Derning, Don R.; Hockaday, Edmund I.; Pomerance, Rocky; Nardini, Ramon M.; Kelley, Clarence M.; Canlis, Michael N.; Young, James H.; Conlisk, James B., Jr.; Wilson, Jerry V.; Kirwan, William E.; McNamara, Edmund L.; Speir, Wilson E.; Davis, Edward M.; Pitchess, Peter J.; Caspar, Joseph J.; Van Cleave, Guy F.; Hruska, Roman L.; Poff, Richard H.; Celler, Emanuel; Hoover, J. Edgar; Mitchell, John N.; Krogh, Egil ("Bud"), Jr.; White House photographer;
Recording Device: Cabinet Room
On June 3, 1971, President Richard M Nixon and police chiefs, staffers, and others, including John R. Shryock, George A. Murphy, Don R. Derning, Edmund I. Hockaday, Rocky Pomerance, Richard C. Clement, Ramon M. Nardini, Michael N. Canlis, James H. Young, Clarence M. Kelley, James B. Conlisk, Jr., Jerry V. Wilson, William E. Kirwan, Edmund L. McNamara, Wilson E. Speir, Edward M. Davis, Peter J. Pitchess, Joseph J. Caspar, Guy F. Van Cleave, Roman L. Hruska, Richard H. Poff, Emanuel Celler, J. Edgar Hoover, John N. Mitchell, Egil ("Bud") Krogh, Jr., White House photographer, and members of the press, met in the Cabinet Room of the White House at an unknown time between 9:51 am and 11:44 am. The Cabinet Room taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 059-002 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 59-2 Date: June 3, 1971 Time: Unknown after 9:51 am until 11:44 am Location: Cabinet Room John R. Shryock met with George A. Murphy, Don R. Derning, Edmund I. Hockaday, Rocky Pomerance, Richard C. Clement, Ramon M. Nardini, Michael N. Canlis, James H. Young, Clarence M. Kelley, James B. Conlisk, Jr., Jerry V. Wilson, William E. Kirwan, Edmund L. McNamara, Wilson E. Speir, Edward M. Davis, Peter J. Pitchess, Joseph J. Casper, Guy F. Van Cleave, Roman L. Hruska, Richard H. Poff, and Emanuel Celler; the White House photographer and members of the press were present at the beginning of the meeting [General conversation/Unintelligible] The President, J. Edgar Hoover, John N. Mitchell, John D. Ehrlichman, and Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr. entered at 10:04 am Introductions [General conversation/Unintelligible] Introductions/greetings 2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) Arrangements for photograph [General conversation/Unintelligible] Previous meetings in Cabinet Room Meeting -Attendees -Hoover -Mitchell -Hruska, Celler, Poff, James O. Eastland -William M. McCulloch Recent police killings in New York City and Washington, DC -President’s conversation with Hoover and Mitchell Increasing number of police killed or injured in line of duty -Public attitude towards police -Need for more public support of police -Concern for families of slain policemen -Legislative efforts -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] assistance to all US law enforcement officials -Forthcoming training meeting at FBI -President’s schedule -Proposed study for federal grants to families -President’s support -FBI cooperation with local law enforcement officials -Assistance of FBI to New York City Police -Black Panther involvement -Apprehension of police slayers -Pending legislation -Measures to prevent police killings -National Academy of FBI curriculum -Recent killings of two New York City policemen -New York City Police Commissioner -Feedback from visiting police chiefs -Training of visiting police chiefs -Administration-sponsored legislation -$50,000 death benefit for families of policemen -Legislation through Law Enforcement Assistance Administration [LEAA] Strong Administration support for police and law enforcement 3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) -News media -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Attorney General -Hoover -Congress Killings of policemen -Death benefits for widows of survivors -Public’s attitude -Judges’ attitudes -Supreme Court Administration’s support for law enforcement -Effect on police morale Memorial for policemen killed in line of duty -Hoover Attitudes and skills of policemen today -Training Revolutionary philosophies -News media -Respect for law and order Support of Administration for police May Day demonstrations Political affiliations of attendees May Day demonstrators -Activities -Attempt to halt functioning of Government -Cooperation among law enforcement agencies -Arrest for disorderly conduct -President’s approval of plan -Reaction of press and senators -Right of protest in Washington, DC -Violations of law Unknown man’s previous election 4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) Liberal Northeast US -Boston -Handling of May Day demonstrations -Public support for police practices -News media -Police reporter -Rewriting of stories by editors -Photographs -Use of dogs -Civil rights of demonstrators -Criticism of police actions -American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] -Jesuits Activism of Catholic clergy Louise Day Hicks Support for Hoover’s proposal Bank robbery and students from Brandeis University -Parolees at Brandeis -FBI cooperation Los Angeles’ vote to increase police pension benefits -Chief Edward Parker -By district -Thomas (“Tom”) Bradley -Councilman William (“Willy”) Mills -Socio-economic and ethnic groups Poff Virginia crime and police -Comments of Julie and [Dwight] David Eisenhower, II Police officers -Death in line of duty -Administration’s efforts -Prevention -Prosecuting of criminal cases before a court 5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) -Eliminating plea bargaining of series cases -Vigorous prosecution of officer assault cases -Prosecutors conviction record in court -Legalization of marijuana -Heroin use -Penalties -Verbal and physical assaults on police -Courts and reduction of aggravated assault charges -Updating of criminal justice system -Warren E. Burger -LEAA -Trying of suspects in court on lesser charges -No plea bargaining for assaults -Forthcoming meeting with District Attorneys’ Association Public attitudes and police Number of criminal cases and plea bargaining Situation of police -Recruiting and retirements Administration support for police President’s schedule -Reception for police chiefs Congressional support for police -Celler -Compensation for families -Efforts to make criminal attacks a federal crime Newspapers and the government -Thomas Jefferson -Ralph Nader Congressional efforts to compensate families of policemen Compensation for firemen Proposed new criminal code 6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08) Mitchell and recent speech in California -Wilson’s handling of May Day demonstrations -George Putnam -President’s comments Robert H. Finch’s call to unknown man in California -Effect on police morale New Administration drug program -Duplication of federal agencies’ programs -Coordination of federal programs, agencies -Ehrlichman -Cut-off of dangerous drugs from abroad -Treatment of drug abusers -Drug education and young people -New York City drug-caused deaths Forthcoming Judiciary Sub-Committee hearings on drug abuse -Krogh Drug education -Art Linkletter Coordination of federal drug abuse programs -Davis Severe penalties for drug suppliers -Mitchell’s efforts Presidential message supporting police -President’s conversation with Richard J. Daley -Letters of commendation for heroic police efforts Presidential gifts for visiting police chiefs’ wives President’s experiences after law school -Application for FBI agent’s job and Hoover [General conversation/Unintelligible] The President, et al. left at 11:44 am 7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/08)