Ala. police chief apologizes for '61 Freedom Riders attack

U.S. Rep. John Lewis was brought to tears by the apology for the lack of action during the 1961 attack


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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement, was moved to tears by an apology from the Montgomery, Ala., police chief for an incident in 1961.

Lewis, D-Ga., was among the Freedom Riders who arrived in Montgomery for a march in 1961. Their bus was greeted by a white mob that beat the black protesters. Police opted to stand down and effectively let the riot happen.

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