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Presidential candidate's Omaha visit sparked violence — and trouble for Central High's 'idolized rebel'

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Police vs. Protesters

Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a segregationist, got a hostile crowd and plenty of publicity when he came to Omaha in March 1968. According to multiple accounts, a white officer and black protester exchanged words at Wallace's Civic Auditorium appearance on March 4. The cop knocked the protester down and when the teenager attempted to retaliate, police swarmed the demonstrators with billy clubs and mace.


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