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File- This May 23, 2961, file photo shows Alabama Gov. John Patterson telling news conference in Montgomery, Ala., that the federal government is responsible for rioting in the capital city. Patterson, who entered politics as a reformer after his father’s assassination but was criticized for failing to protect the Freedom Riders from angry white mobs, has died. He was 99. He died Friday, June 4, 2021, his daughter, Barbara Patterson Scholl confirmed Saturday, June 5, 2021. She said funeral arrangements are pending. (AP Photo/Horace Cort, File )