Approximately a thousand striking steel workers (and members of their families) are seen assembled on an open field, intent on picketing the Republic Steel Mill in South Chicago, where they are organizing a union. Many hold picket signs. A line of armed Chicago policemen extends across the area, blocking their way. Police officials stand near a paddy wagon. View of strikers standing toe-to-toe arguing with policemen. The next scene shows gunfire erupting and the strikers running away from the police. Gunfire continues as the crowd disperses in panic. Policemen follow the fleeing crowd and continue firing their weapons and beating strikers with night sticks. Several Plumes of tear gas can be seen rising from the ground. Several injured strikers are seen on the ground. One appears to be dead. Dust and fumes obscure much of the scene. As the air clears, police can be seen continuing to pursue the retreating group of strikers. They arrest a black striker. Dead and injured strikers are seen on the ground. Police arrest strikers, some of whom are injured, and place them in paddy wagons. Police drag the body of one fallen striker from behind a wagon. Several strikers gather around the body. Police continue to arrest people, including a woman. Policemen watch as strikers place body of fallen striker into back seat of a car.
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