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		Police Brutality.
manifested in their treatment of prisoners.  There
was borne into the station-house, a drunken
man, probably a sailor, who appeared so utter-
ly inebriated that I thought him a corpse, at
first, or that he had been rendered insensible
by some horrible accident.  While he lay on the
floor, one of the sergeants, an abrupt, surly,
arbitrary fellow, less than thirty in age, beat
him about the legs and the soles of his feet
with a locust-club by way of reviving him.
Succeeding by these gentle means, when the man,
(a heavy, ruffianly-looking fellow) was hoisted
to his feet, the Sergeant butted him twice or
thrice brutally in the face, with the top and
edge of the hard glazed hat he wore on his head.
The other policemen enjoyed the spectacle. Wil-
liams asserted that the sailor was only  sham-
ming  and  ugly    a very common assump-
tion, I fancy.          Of all tyrants and brutes
I think the low American, of Irish antecedents
is the worse extant.       Out into the sharp,
ice-cold night and deserted streets at 11, to
the corner of Liberty street and Broadway to
deliver my  duplicates,  then up-town by a 6th
avenue car and to bed by midnight.         Cahill
up for five minutes.
  4.  Wednesday.   Doing Beach s drawing,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page eighty-five
Description:Regarding police brutality he witnessed at the Fourth Ward station house.
Date:1861-12-02
Subject:Beach; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Police; Prisoners; Williams, Sergeant
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):6th Avenue; Broadway; Liberty Street
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.