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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 7

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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1968 A7 Head Of Miami Police Succumbs eA IT W j o istic Values for Your Home... Save Now... Pay Later... ,e Store! Burdine's West Palm Beach Only! in the Self Parking Lot, North of Burdine's on Dixie! MIAMI (L'PI- - Waller Headley, the hulking and hard-nosed 20-year chief of Miami's police who recently stirred a national flap by saying the only way to deal with looters and arsonists v.-as "shoot them on sight," died Saturday. Headley. a six-foot-four, 250-pound career policeman, died in Jackson Memorial Hospital at8:.'!.!a.m. Hewas6'(. Headley was taken to the hospital in an ambulance Friday to. undergo a series of tests to discover why he could nut shake a case of pleurisy he developed in September and that had grown steadily worse. His bride of seven months, former policewoman Mary iilbeit, was at the chief's side when he died. Physicians at Jackson Me morial said Headley died o "cardiac anest" apparently caused by a respiratory ailment. At the request of Head-ley's family, no autopsy will be performed. Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Headley's 20-year-reign as chief ot Miami's KlKl-man police force was often stormy. He was outspoken and often rankled local politicians with his bluntness. But his career which began as a patrolman in 1!I,'S7 was never so stormy as it was last January when the bespectacled chief issued his "get tough" policy following a bloody weekend of shootings and robberies in Miami's Ne-gro districts. What Headley did was send his entire "task force" patrol into the Negro districts, armed with shotguns, attack dogs and orders to "shoot to kill" it they spotted a felony in progress. "Felons will learn they cannot be bonded out from the morgue," Headloy'said. These words had barely cleared his mustachioed lips when several local, state and national civil rights groups accused Headley of police brutality, to which he replied: "We don't mind being accused of police brutality. They haven't seen anything yet." The crackdown, as Headley expected, caused discontent and anger among young Negroes. Soon there was talks ol riots in this tourist-oriented city. Headley responded by saying Miami would never be the scene of riots like those in Watts, Detroit or Harlem. He said his men were capable of handling any disturbance that might erupt. Then he went on to let would-be rioters know what to expect of his men. "There is only one way to handle looters and arsonists during a riot," he said, "and ( i siow n un; v wnv sn:nnnY i:i.f.c tkic I tight I sinv ru s IMM'IS GY1ISITS ..I.IHO II. Wit 111 XT. IIS Sifl 1 1 Zl. ft 1 lf; l H.l ( Ol OK I' W VI Reg. $30 to $60. Just 60 Reg. 49.99. Just 10 of Reg. 12.99. Just 20 of Reg. 1 0.99. Just 9 Waring Reg. 7.99. Just 20 of these Reg. 7.99. Just 100 gallons pairs. Assorted styles. Limit- these heavy duty steel sets, these great irons left. Per- 3 speed hand mixers. by Mattel. 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Alter a brief flap about police brutality and who was to blame for the riot, city and slate otlicials generally agreed the police handled the situation admirably. Ironically, it was Headley's return home from the North Carolina mountains thai triggered his respiratory trouble. He had stopped in (lamosville l visit his youngest son by a previous marriage, Tommy, at the University of Florida. While there, he slipped and fracturing several ribs. Physicians said some rib fragments aggravated a lung wall and from this, Headley developed pleurisy. He couldn't seem to shake the pleurisy, and several times in recent weeks he explained away his husky voice by saying: "It's nothing, I've just got a bad cold." Headley's pride and Joy during his .'Wyear police career was the creation of the Miami Police Academy in 111 III. which is now one of the oldest and most respected police training facilities in the nation. 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