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History -  U.S. Marshals and the Pentagon Riot of October 21, 1967


Pentagon demonstrators staging a sit in in 1967Sunday, 12:15 a.m.-
The Calm After the Storm:

The evening of violence left demonstrators and government officials exhausted. The riot ended in a "sit-in." When the demonstration permit expired at midnight, Marshals began arresting any demonstrators who so much as touched the soldiers.
 

Demonstrators being arrested.

Sunday, 1:30 a.m. - Rioters Loaded into Prisoner Vans:

Six hundred and eighty-two demonstrators were processed in makeshift hearing rooms at the District Workhouse in Occoquan, Virginia.  Most were charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to leave restricted Federal property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - The Aftermath:

Early Sunday morning, workmen began to clean up the beer cans, food, shoes, shirts, pants, sweaters, placards, and of the rubble of a riot.  Other workmen white-washed the Pentagon walls, erasing the obscenities and other riot stains.  All around them, a few determined demonstrators remained the rest of the day in an exhausted cry for peace.

 

Copy of a Daily Log, required to be completed by deputy U.S. Marshals, depicting the special assignment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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