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US to monitor a 'hot line' on city strife this summer

By With Analysis from Monitor Correspondents Around the World, Edited by Randy Shipp / May 29, 1981



Washington

Attorney General William French Smith said the Justice Department has an "early-warning system" to identify the potential for civil disturbances in cities this summer. The department's Community Relations Service has been alerted to "keep a finger on the pulse" of the nation, particularly in light of administration budget slashes.

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The service was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to help to communities resolve racial and ethnic disputes. [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]

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