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Thursday, October 3, 1968
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Hand IFifth of a Strks.l By ROGER STUART "One thing I have to admit, we do get plenty of good benefits, like going to court on our days off," wrote the anonymous Pittsburgh policeman in answer to a survey by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). There are "Supreme Court restrictions." he added, and "decisions of the judges who, after you risk your life going after an armed robber (who's a three-time loser), give him probation." Facetious? Of course, but it does reflect a bitterness that runs deep in Pittsburgh's Police Bureau from Supt. James W. Slusser, the City's top cop, to the men on the beats and in plain clothes. "I've heard stories," says Mr. Slusser, "that it (the Supreme Court) doesn't have any pffect on the crime picture. But it certainly does." "We're treated litfe a bunch of jerks by the Civil Liberties Union, Supreme Court, etc.," wrote another officer for the FOP survey. "Every arrest a policeman makes," said a third, "puts him in a position that he is punished ... by having to spend time in court, only to have the criminal set free. "The courts fool around postponing cases and waste the policeman's time." Certainly, policemen do spend a great deal of time in court, especially officers working In high-crime districts. And the most they can expect for it is time off in return. No overtime pay goes with it. Assault Case Bail Lowered 2 Women Accused On Officers Attack Despite objections from the district attorney's office, Criminal Court Judge Loran L. Lewis today reduced the bond on two North Side women accused of assaulting police officers. Judge Lewis said he was reducing the bonds on Mrs. Henrietta Turner, 43, of the 1400 block of Chicago St., and her daughter, Fannie Craig, 20, of Hemlock St., from $10,000 to $7500 because the charge against the two women was reduced yesterday by Magistrate John W. Chapas from aggravated assault and battery to simple assault and battery. The bond on Joseph Sapps, 29, no address, remained at $10,000 but Judge Lewis placed a nominal bond on William Craig, 19, also of the 1400 block of Chicago St., who is charged with resisting arrest. Sapps Is charged with assault and battery on a police officer. However, Attorney John Clough, of the Neighborhood Legal Services Assn., said the bond on the women was still too high and that he would appeal it. All but William Craig are in County Jail. Opposing the reductions was Assistant District Attorney Gerald J. Paris who stated that even though a police officer wasn't injured enough to receive hospital treatment, this doesn't lessen the seriousness of the act. Mr. "Paris conceded that no one from the D.A.'s office was at yesterday's hearing in Magistrate's Court into the alleged attack by the two women and Sapps on police officers who were attempting to arrest young Craig. Police had been called to the 1800 block of Belleau Dr., North Side about 3 a. m. Sept. 22, to break up a fight. Judge Lewis, who earlier had promised to review the bonds after the hearing in Magistrate Court, said he had no other choice but to lower the bonds on the women since the court reduced the charge on them. Talman Left $662,000 Estate To Family LOS ANGELES (UPI)-Wil-liam Talman, who played the district attorney in television's "Perry Mason" series, left his $662,000 estate to his widow and six children. Mr. Talman's will, dated June 30, 1967, was filed for probate in Superior Court. He died Aug. 30 of lung cancer. The Family Circus "Mommy can tie it -Tying' M ' ';'IWlJMIllliWll'WU.l'WUIIMI,l,lllll.IJI.II.IIIH llllli) III1IU .1 mmwiMiniau (k jwN IKS. State okays City Schools' Balance Plan Pr Horrlsburu Bureau HARRISBURG - The State Human Relations Commission has partially approved a desegregation plan submitted by the Pittsburgh Board of Education, directing that a supplementary plan and a timetable for implementation be offered no later than next Feb. 1. Approved was Pittsburgh's plan to eliminate racial imbalance at all grade levels through "great high school" and middle school systems. However, the commission disapproved the board's lack of commitment to achieve racial balance in any schools until one or more of the "great high schools" or middle schools is completed. The commission also noted an "absence of details'' as to how the racial imbalance in specific schools will be corrected. The commission also yesterday extended the deadlines for five school districts to prepare plans for eliminating racially imbalanced schools. The districts are Chester, Erie, Harrisburg, Norristown and Philadelphia. The deadline on Erie's partially-approved plan was extended to next Jan. 2. For home delivery of The Press, phone 263-1121. from the front." Court "You usually get three hours off when you're on afternoon turn, if the lieutenant can spare you, for the time you spend in courts," says Officer Lawrence Wenko. "But I've seen many a time when 1 had a hearing in Traffic Court, a hearing in either Magistrate's Court or City Court and also be due before the grand jury all in the same morning." And defense attorneys, probing for "reason-able doubt," often arc brutal in their examination of policemen, jumping on every possible error they could have made. To this the policeman is no less susceptible, of course, than the average witness. But the policeman faces it more often. Certainly, too, some Supreme Court decisions have made it harder for the policeman to do his job. For example, there have been: l The Escobedo ruling extending the right of a suspect to a lawyer's representation to police interrogation as well as courtroom proceedings. The Miranda ruling invalidating confessions or incriminating admissions unless the suspect is warned that: he may remain silent, what he says may be held against him, he has a right to have a lawyer present and, if he cannot afford one, he is entitled to court-appointed counsel. The Gault case in which the court said a juvenile suspect is also entitled to a lawyer, that the state must provide one if his family can't afford one and that he, just as an adult, doesn't have to confess. Police, who have relied heavily in the past upon confessions naturally contend these nil- Wife clings to man fecf away by poJce after skirmish at Wafface Catcalls, Boos And Some Fists Fly At Wallace's Arena Rally By SHERLEY UHL For many who attended the Wallace rally in the Civic Arena, it was all sound and fury signifying one of the most embittered political campaigns in American history. Hundreds of hecklers in the rear gallery clashed in a shouting match with about 10,000 supporters of George C. Wallace. As a result, most of his oratory was lost in the din, especially for those seated in the back of the hall. His critics chanted and ranted, and were in turn hooted and howled at. One brawl erupted on the floor, and others were nipped by police in and outside the Arena in the nearest thing to a Munich beer hall ruckus yet staged in Pittsburgh. The hall was charged with social revolt, student revolt, black revolt, middle-aged revolt. Most of (hose who jeered the presidential candidate were well-scrubbed students, contrary to Mr. Wallace's charge that none of them knew how to use soap. They were reinforced by college professors, who mostly viewed the proceedings in stony silence. Some black adults also yelled protests. Only a few hecklers wore the beads and blue denims characteristic of the hippies and Yippies. "Wallace go home . . . Wallace go home . . . Wallace go home," they chorused with thumbs-down unanimity. "Sieg I foil . . . Sicg Hcil . , . Sieg lleil," they yelled with I he persistent cadence of a drumbeat. "Fascist pig , . . Fascist pig . . . Fascist pig," they shouted with precision unequaled by any college jeering section in the Pittsburgh district. But these were over-w h e I m e d by counter-roars loosed by stomping Wallace Baldwin Policemen Reject Pay Offer The wage policy committee of the Baldwin Borough police department has rejected the borough's offer of a wage increase for TO-70. Ail hough the borough says the increase is foi 6.5 to 7 per cent, the policy committee says it actually amounts Id only ,1ft per cent for and less than 2 per cent for 1907. Rulings The Thin ings interfere substantially with the administration of criminal justice. But what most police officers fail to talk much about are two other recent Supreme Court decisions. One is the Hayden vs. Maryland ruling, holding the police can now get authorization to search for "mere evidence" such as clothing allegedly worn during commission of a crime. Thus, the court overturned a long-held position that a reasonable search under the -1 tli and 11th Amendments was limited to searches for contraband, instrumentalities of crime and the fruits of crime. The other decision, rendered in McCray vs. Illinois, made it more difficult for suspects to attack the reasonable basis for searches by holding that the Government need not disclose the identity of a person who informs to police. As for postponement of cases, Pittsburgh police find support for this argument from James G. Dunn, the first assistant district attorney, who says: "People being arrested are either refusing the Public Defender or demanding certain individual attorneys they know about. ' They claim they never hired an attorney. Day after day it goes by in Criminal Court that a case is listed for trial and when the de supporters, especially when he threatened to boot Communists out of the country. One beet-faced man removed his coat and waggled his backside at the anti-Wallace brigade. Placards abounded inside and out. Two men, marching slowly with a sort of elephantine majesty, circled the Arena with a huge sign proclaiming: "Wallace "or President ... Local Union 52, Plumbers and Pipefitters." Another poster announced the United Auto Workers are 70 per cent pro-Wallace. But if, as reported, most of his fans are workingmen, they were wearing not blue collars but their Sunday best. The crowd was swinging with fashionable mini-skirts and neatly-pressed suits. Only a dozen pickets were posted at the main entrance, most of them toting signs contending Alabama has the lowest wages and highest crime rate in the South. "Who you calling a slob, you bum," snapped one picket as he was badgered by a hostile pedestrian. Superb police work under the personal direction of Supt. James W. Slusser averted serious explosions despite many tense situations as Wallace supporters and opponents exchanged insults. Without swinging a single 'Iron Pants' LeMay Viet 'Haw (Continued fro from low altitudes with B-20 Superlorts a decision that would have endangered the lives of .toon American crpw-men if he had misjudged Japanese defenses. As a major general in October, 1945, he declined Ohio Gov. Frank Lausche's offer to appoint him to U. S. Senate vacancy created by Sen. Harold Burton's elevation to the U. S. Supreme Court. Since lie couldn't ohlain a year's leave of absence, he said he had to refuse. But last year when he was asked about rumors he might he available to run against Sen. Thomas II. Kuchel, California Republican, he said: "I would not turn my back on a call to further duty for Uncle Sam." U Blue Line -Press Photo by Edwin Morgan rally. nightstick, police contained the crowd firmly but gently, especially when it dispersed after the program. The presidential nominee and his backers were confronted with a forest of posters, including one declaring: "I'm an anarchist. Run me over with your car. Just try it." "Wallace for Fuehrer . . . America Uber Alios . . . A Bas La Racisme ... and They killed Bobby Kennedy." other homemade placards blared. Preceding the Arena rally, candidate Mr. Wallace addressed a $25-a-platc fundraiser at the William Penn Hotel. Six hundred attended, but 900 tickets had been sold. He was greeted by loud and prolonged applause, and there were no interruptions. A cursory check indicated his audience there was composed of a middle-class cross-section, including a number of salesmen, retail clerks and office-workers. Steelworkers ... a self-employed roofer . , a retired tile contractor ... a hairdresser . . . two utility company supervisors ... a garage operator . . . truck parts salesman ... a storm door installer ... an airline pilot ... a door-to-door cleaning products salesman ... a coil-winder ... a pharmacist. 9 11 I 1 m Poje One And when supporters suggested last fall that he should run for the presidency, the general noted he would be available for a sincere draft. "Certainly 1 am not a serious candidate at the present lime," he said. "But when I retired and hung up my Air Force uniform I did not forget my country." As chief of staff, Gen. I.c-May opposed Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's plans for the TFX fighter plane, the trouble - p 1 a g tied F-lll, and he was at best lukewarm toward the nuclear test ban treaty. lie also advocated a 100-niegaton bomb to equal tho one tested by Russia in 1961. cf once fendant is brought in, he says, 'I don't have an attorney.' "The court will then postpone the case. But next time the defendant will claim he hasn't spoken to his attorney enough times." Moreover, police contend that although suspects are represented by attorneys at preliminary hearings and in Juvenile Court, rarely do the police have similar advice. But perhaps the thing that agitates the police most about courts and court rules just now is the kind of evidence required of them in looting cases, such as those stemming from last April's Hill District riot. Says Police Lt. Robert Reese, a 25-year police veteran who commanded one of the task force units: "They want us to actually specify who arrested which individual and to identify him physically." Exactly how "tough" this Is becomes evident on listening to the lieutenant's account of one such series of arrests, which occurred about midnight April 7. "There were some people looting at Wolfe's Shoe Store, at 1710 Centre Ave. When we arrived people were running from the store carrying shoes and boxes of shoes, which they dropped. "We were able to trap about 40 or 50 people inside, and as we' put them into vans, their names and the charges were put on a 'piece of paper bearing my name as the arresting officer. "Now our problem is that they're coming to us sometimes two, three, four weeks later and wanting us to pick out one individual and say, 'I saw this man.' They want this for positive identification. Would Drop A-Bomhs, V. P. Pick LeMay Says (Continued from Paje It however, in any Communist peace talk. Under persistent questioning about the use of nuclear bombs, the general shot back at newsmen: "I will be damn lucky if I don't appear as a drooling idiot, but it is my desire not to use any weapons." Wallace 'Reasonable' Regarding racial strife and integration, Gen. LeMay said he found Gov. Wallace reasonable. The Air Force, when he was a top official, "integrated with no trouble at all." the former chief of staff said. In a prepared statement accepting the vice presidential nomination on the Wallace American Independent Party ticket, Gen. LeMay said that as a lifelong Republican, he is disillusioned with GOP nominee Richard M. Nixon. Rips GOP 'Left-Wing' He said a look at Mr. Nixon's "speculative cabinet" leads him to wonder "what deals may have been made with the liberal left-wing members of the Republican Party." I Former Pennsylvania Gov. William W. Scranton and New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller have been mentioned prominently as potential cabinet material if Mr. Nixon is elected. Gen. LeMay, who flew to Pittsburgh last night from California, said he had lost confidence in the Republican Party. "Some people say Mr. Nixon is ahead . . . and that it is politically smart that he not take any firm position on any con-troversal issue," he observed. "And they say we should trust him to do whatever is necessary after he is elected. 'Must Let People Know' "That's not enough for me. A man who would serve his country as president during the next four years must let the people know where he stands." As for the Democrats, Gen. LeMay blamed them for a deterioration in U. S. status over the past lew years. "Our moral values and the characteristics which made this country great have fallen by the wayside," he contended. He also charged that the Democrats are responsible for Ihe huge Federal debt, for crime and for militant protesters. "Our country is involved in a war in Vietnam in which 25,000 American servicemen have been killed and apparently our national policy is one of no will to win," Gen. LeMay asserted. "Jf we continue with the national Democratic Party program it seems we will only go further downstream so I scratch them off." Gen. LeMay said presidential candidate W a 1 1 a c e's "every action is predicated on a desire to serve the United Slates of America. In fact, he is the only candidate who has h?cn talking like an American." At the news conference with Gen. LeMay were his wife, his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. James L. Lodge, and a sister, Mrs. A. J. Kinncar of Moon Twp. Gen. LeMay commanded the U. S. Air Force in the Pacific during World War II. He was in charge of the massive air attacks on Japan, including the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima mid Nagasaki, and generally is credited with II i - Bin "We can seldom do that." As a result, many suspects are going free on burglary and receiving stolen goods charges. And yet, Lt. Reese is convinced justice isn't being scrcd. "We feel this store wasn't open for business," he says. "The grille on the front of the store was forced open. There were no lights on, and we believe they went in there to steal something." Further weakening police cases stemming from the riots was that some store owners told police, "Let them take the stuff," he says. Similarly, store owners who won't come forward to identify recovered loot as having come from their stores hinder prosecution. The identification problem isn't limited to riots in Negro communities, however. Indeed, Lt. Reese notes that he was faced with the same problem in the wake of last month's Eazor Express walkout when 11 strikers were arrested for contempt of court. Several also were charged with assaulting police officers. But when Lt. Reese was asked later in court to identify one of them, he couldn't. "I was too busy fighting with him to get a real good look at him," he says. When he was asked to identify the suspect, there were about 40 other men' in the room, he added, noting also that there had been "a good many people" at the scene of the fdisturbance. In this instance, however, a fellow officer was able to make the identification. NEXT: The building the II. S. Strategic Air Command into the powerful organization it now is. Mr. Wallace addressed a crowd last night estimated by police at 10.000 at the Civic Arena. One-third of the seats were kept vacant for security reasons. The session developed into a shouting match between the candidate, about 200 anti-Wallace demonstrators mostly white students in the balcony and the pro-Wallace crowd which booed the booers. Each time the dissidents screamed at Mr. Wallace in an attempt to keep him from speaking, he fired back, to the delight of his supporters: "After Nov. 5 (election day) you anarchists are through in this country." More boos came from the Attack Case Bail Upped By Court City Court Magistratt John W. Chapas today upped a $3500 bond to $10,000 for a Herron Hill robbery suspect accused of striking a police officer. In addition, Mr. Chapas ordered Philip Dowling, 19, of 718 Cherokee St., held for court on charges of assault and batatery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Officer James Brennan testified that Dowling attacked him when he placed him under arrest for allegedly stealing $14 worth of cigarets from a Lawrenceville market. The officer required treatment at Presbyterian-University Hospital for a mouth cut and loosened teeth. The Pittsburgh eople By GLENN SEASE It's a bad break for Susan Brady. Susan, 9, of Cornwells Heights, near Philadelphia, nailed down the Juvenile National Parade M ajorette title in August. But now she's grounded with a bro-k e n ' collarbone sustained in a fall. That puts her out of twirling competition f o r the time being. But for Susan the re's some consolation. She can sit among her trophies while waiting to get back in ac v rwv tion. Francine Gottfried, the girl whose figure numbed New York's staid Wall St., can make $100,000 in a year as a topless go-go dancer, according to public relations specialist Jimmy Tarantino. Yesterday he sent a telegram to the IBM operator, who's been taped at 4:1-25-37, that he'd put that offer in writing. Crowds of up to 20,000 lined up along Miss Gottfried's route to work at the Chemical Bank and Trust Co. in New York last month, nearly sending Wall St. into a panic. Mr. Tarantino said yesterday he'd not heard from Miss Gottfried, "but I'm suro 1 will." If ft Iff other side of the badge. .J balcony to which the candidate replied: "I'm glad you are here because you get me a million votes. You are the personification of what people are tired of in this country." The disrupters then cried the Nazi chant, "Sieg Heil!" and called out "Hitler!" and "Fascist pig." "I was fighting Hitler before you were born. I am a disabled veteran of World War II from fighting the Nazis (Mr. Wallace was a gunner on a B-17). We ran the Nazis out of this country and one of these days we are going to run you Communists out of this country." The booing continued. So he hollered back: "If you don't watch out you won't get promoted to the second grade." As the anti-Wallace screaming continued, he charged that liberal Republicans and Democrats have encouraged demonstrators "so no wonder there is no free speech in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. "Both of the other two national parties say they will restore law and order. Well, they ought to give it back to you because they took it away from you. "The Kerncr report said our country is sick. Our country is not sick. The U. S. Supreme Court is sick." The crowd really went for that one. Mr. Wallace got another big cheer when he said to his tormentors, "you know a lot of four-letter words, but one you don't know is S-O-A-P." He also asked whether Pittsburgh barbers are on strike, noting the long hair of some of the booers. Press, Thursday, October 3, 1968 This Little Twirler Suffers Bad Break Susan Brady The younger generation proved itself as good as any in Ihe person of Robert Norton, 12, of San Francisco. Robert maoe a phone call from a pay booth but got a busy signal. When he hung up, $7 in change flowed from the telephone coin box. Robert turned in the money to police, saying "it doesn't belong to me." The Pittsburgh Press (A Member of the Family) Gntrol Olllrej at 34 Boulevard nf Ihe Ullei, Pillsburoh, Pa. 15710. Dally JA ctnU week, Sunday 25 cnti. Wall-In (Irjl and second jcnei, where tnr K no carrier delivery. Dully-on month J2 50; one year J24; Sundoyi -one nmnth JI.50; one year SIS. fcxlra ooitdQf heyond second clnsi ion. Daily end Sunday. Second i an- povaue paia or Pllisouroh. Vail Hit-phone 263-1100.

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