Patrolman Alvin Johnson on the shooting of Matthew 'Peanut' Johnson

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KRON News footage from September 27th 1966 featuring an interview with SFPD patrolman Alvin Johnson, who describes events leading up to his fatal shooting of teenager Matthew 'Peanut' Johnson (and the immediate aftermath), in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. This incident provoked a social uprising in the local community, which resulted in the National Guard being called out. It should be noted that this uprising (typically referred to as a "riot" by the media) was recorded as lasting for 128 hours, 146 people were arrested, two police officers were hurt and 42 African Americans were injured (10 from gunshot wounds). Also includes brief views of Matthew Johnson's body being stretchered off the hillside, with a large crowd of residents watching. Alvin Johnson died on October 25 1971, aged 56. You can now watch scenes from the October 20th inquest hearing, in KRON 1574-2. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

Note: this 16mm film print was re-transferred in 4K (4096 x 2970) using a Lasergraphics ScanStation film scanner, in July 2023. Film shrinkage was measured in July 2023 at 0.25%.

Type of material
archival newsfilm
16mm b&w negative, magnetic sound film
Rights for this video belong to
Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Date aired
Originally aired on
KRON 684-9

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