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Filmmaker & Photographer RECORD EACH OTHER during Bernie Sanders’ 1963 Civil Rights Arrest! (Frame-by-Frame breakdown)

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NATIONAL VFB (March 3, 2019) — Bernie Sanders returned to Chicago this evening for the first midwest rally of his 2020 Presidential campaign. Of course, it was yuuuuuge.

As has been brought to light recently, 19-year-old Sanders attended the University of Chicago in the early 1960s, during an incredibly divisive time in American history prior to and during the Civil Rights movement. As Shaun King detailed at length, Sanders was so moved by the injustices he witnessed with segregated housing conditions that he led his fellow students in various demonstrations on and around the University of Chicago campus.

Bernie Sanders leads a sit-in at the University of Chicago

Sanders was famously arrested, forcibly removed by police after chaining himself to fellow protestors.

Most interesting is a detail that – except this blog and its readers – most have overlooked.

We know about Sanders’ arrest thanks to (1) a Chicago Tribune black and white photograph, and (2) a grainy video that also surfaced late in the 2016 campaign.

In a truly remarkable moment of Civil Rights history, the Chicago Tribune photographer and independent filmmaker not only documented Bernie Sanders’ 1963 arrest for protesting segregation, they recorded each other while doing it!

As previously reported, “a film company, Kartemquin Films, uploaded footage of a young man, wearing thick glasses, surrounded by police officers who grabbed him by his arms and carried him away.”  The clip’s caption asks, “Is this Bernie Sanders being arrested?”

The next day, NY Daily News released an article, “Amazing archival video appears to show the arrest of a young Bernie Sanders as a student activist in Chicago.”

Then, the Chicago Tribune released previously never-before-seen photos from a 1963 Civil Rights protest, one of which the paper said showed Bernie Sanders being placed under arrest. According to reports, when shown the picture, “Bernie identified it himself.”   “He looked at it and he said, ‘Yes, that indeed is (me).'”

Sanders was eventually shown the Kartemquin video, which – like the Tribune photograph – he confirmed was also of his 1963 arrest.

On its own, at first the grainy Kartemquin video seems compelling but inconclusive. But when viewed frame-by-frame and compared with the Tribune picture, it becomes absolutely clear beyond all doubt that both are legitimate recordings of Sanders’ Civil Rights arrest.

The video identifies the scene as “August 1963, School Segregation Protest on the southside of Chicago.”

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Specifically, at 73rd and Lowe. We first see a woman protestor laying on the ground. Also, Bernie’s arm being yanked by a police officer.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

As reported by the Tribune, “Demonstrators attached chains to their legs at 73rd Street and Lowe Avenue in Chicago as they protested school segregation on Aug. 13, 1963.”

Here, Bernie’s leg is chained to the woman protestor’s leg. Note his light colored trouser pants.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

The video pauses on the first full image of Bernie Sanders.  Note his dark hoodie, glasses, light trouser pants, and watch on his left wrist.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

As Bernie is lifted to his feet, the “Dark Man Watching” comes into view, along with a News Van.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Next comes the first full view of “Shades Cop,” one of the two police officers seen arresting Sanders in the Tribune photo.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

The next scene shows an uncooperative Sanders being dragged off by officers.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Over a nearby person’s head, the Tribune photographer who took the iconic image, Tom Kinahan, comes into view.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

Next, the “Watch Cop” appears.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

And then, “Back Cop” appears over “Watch Cop’s” shoulder.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

The following frame captures the moment just before Tribune photographer Tom Kinahan snapped his iconic photo of Bernie’s arrest.

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The moment the Tribune photo was taken.

Bernie Sanders Civil Rights Arrest Chicago University Tribune Tyson Manker Veterans

The same moment of Bernie Sanders’ 1963 arrest, captured from two different angles.

Picture here: https://web.archive.org/web/20190305132912/https://vetsforbernie.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Bernie-Sanders-Arrest-Both-Angles.jpg

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TOP: Bernie Sanders 1963 Arrest Photo (Tom Kinahan / Chicago Tribune) BOTTOM: Video Screenshot (Jerry Temaner / Kartemquin Films)

In addition, the Tribune overlooked Bernie in another photo, (since updated!) where he is still chained to his fellow protestors. (as seen at the beginning of the video)

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A Tribune article from that year said “Sanders was arrested Aug. 12 at 74th and Lowe and charged with resisting arrest.”

Like Shaun King correctly said, “It’s sad, and a true state of our political climate, that any of this was ever called into question in the first place.”

Perhaps now everyone can view Sanders’ Civil Rights activism with the same respect that is given to all of the other brave patriots who struggled for equality when it was an unpopular and dangerous thing to do.

Read also: Why Bernie Sanders’ History of Racial Justice Activism Matters, by Shaun King


Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, college professor. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.