The Miami News from Miami, Florida on August 8, 1969 · 12
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12-At THE MIAMI NEWS Friday, Aug. 8, 1869 Alabama's lone black sheriff finds hosti wanm TM Aiiecltttd Prm TUSKEGEE, Ala. Well into his second year as Alabama's only black sheriff, Lucius D. Amerson finds white hostility waning. His biggest problems are those of most other law enforcement officers. There was undisputed evidence of resentment in the white community of Macon County when he took office in January 1967. But Amerson and some white leaders, too say time and the sheriff's conduct have erased much of the 111 will "The public attitude has really changed it has changed tremendously',' said Amerson, 35, "and this has helped destroy a lot of mythologies the feeling that existed among Negroes as well as whites that a Negro sheriff couldn't get cooperation from the white community and from other law enforcement agencies." When Amerson was elect ed, he proclaimed a policy of color-blind law enforcement in the county, where blacks outnumber whites 5-1. Negroes and whites alike would be arrested if they broke the law, he said. There would be no discrimination. He has carried out that promise, says Editor Stan Jackson of the weekly Tusk-egee News, "and the people respect him for it" A former sheriff, Preston Hornsby who is now probate judge of the county says "I hear less talk of resentment every day." In fact, he adds "I just don't hear much talk at all." A white businessman, speaking anonymously, finds the community "pretty well acquiesced" now; "I don't find any real resentment anymore." Like many fellow officers, the powerfully built former Army MP says some recent court decisions are "detri mental to effective law enforcement." For instance: On a highway near Tuske-gee, a pickup truck made a sudden U-turn and . fled at the approach of a sheriffs car with its telltale emergency light oh top. Suspicious, two Negro deputies gave chase and overtook the truck. On the seat, in plain view, was a plastic vial of, marijuana. The two occupants of the truck, says Amerson, were thick-tongued and incoherent. They were taken to jail for questioning; a search warrant produced more marijuana hidden in the truck. The . two men were charged with violating the state narcotics law. But the charges were dismissed, the sheriff says, on grounds that there was nothing illegal about the U-turn; that the deputies had no lawful right to stop the truck. Consequently, the men could not be prosecuted for possession of narcotics. But the court says that's the law, Amerson philosophized, and he is sworn to uphold the law regardless of personal feelings. Like many Southern county officials, Amerson draws no salary. He lives on fees from . making arrests and serving subpenas and other official papers. The county buys uniforms for the sheriff's force and pays the deputies. But the sheriff has to buy his own official cars, gasoline, tires even guns. The fee system should be abolished, the sheriff says, and law enforcement officers should be paid a salary commensurate with the "responsibility and dignity of the office." "I can make a comfortable living the way it is," he explains, "but I have to hump to do it. It just isn't good when the amount of money a sheriff makes depends on . - v Yv. . ; WiSsiSFMS !iiS!S 111! v '-err " PStpY ' ' wM Communist terror has made travel in Laos perilous Wants to he a mountie Jeanne Rossi, 26-year-old Philadelphian wants to be the city's first mounted policewoman. But she says they won't hire her because she's a woman although she can ride and shoot as well as a man. She plans to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Israelis report successful experimental uterus graft Ruttr Ntwi Strvlct HAIFA, Israel Experimental transplants of the uterus and other parts of the female reproductive system have been successfully carried out on dogs, the journal of the Israeli Medical Association has reported. Japan achieves near-record growth in 1968 Riuttri Ntwi Strvlct TOKYO Japan achieved a n e a r-record economic growth of 14.3 per cent in real terms during the 1968 financial years, figures showed this week. Preliminary figures released by the Government Economic Planning Agency showed that the gross national product in the financial year ended March 31, 1969, was just over 52.9 trillion yen (about $147.4 billion). This was an increase of 18.3 per cent over 1967 nominally and of 14.3 per cent after price adjustment, the agency said. The rate of real growth was second only to the 14.4 per cent achieved in the 1961 financial year, it added. The agency said it was certain Japan had passed West Germany in terms of its gross national product and now stood second to the United States. It said the Japanese national income in 1968 was the equivalent of $1,141 per head, probably the 20th among non-Communist nations. Dr. O. Barzilai and Dr. E. Paldi said in an article their transplants at Rambam Hospital here were made on 20 bitches weighing between 24-40 pounds. "Despite the fact that the womb and uterus are not organs essential to life, and there is under existing conditions therefore no real justification for performing such transplants, we feel we should prepare ourselves, at least technically, to be able to perform such transplants should we ever be required to do so," the scientists said in the article. In their description of the experiments, the two surgeons said that in some cases they overcame problems of rejection by replanting organs in the bitches from which they had been extracted. In these cases no antibiotics or other medicines were used to help the organism accept the replanted organs. Tht Asoci4tttf fnu VIENTIANE, Laos The killing of two American volunteer workers and an attack on the home of an American family by the Pathet Lao demonstrate it is no longer safe outside Laotian towns held by the government. U.S. officials here acknowledge that the terrorism of the Communist-led Pathet Lao and the lack of security is "the worst in years." The two Americans were killed in an ambush on a main highway 40 miles from Vientiane Tuesday. Arthur Stillman and Dennis Mummert were agricultural advisers working for the International Voluntary Services (IVS), a private organization under contract to the U.S. government. The Pathet Lao have now killed three IVS workers this year. The ambush In which Still-man and Mummert were killed followed by barely two weeks another Pathet Lao attack on an American family working tht U.S. Agency for International Development only 15 miles from Vientiane. The family escaped by hiding under their house. Security on roads linking the main towns in Laos is now so bad that Americans with the big, 2,300-man rnis-sion have been warned not to travel unless they give . 24 hours notice to the Lao government. The Pathet Lao have not confined their ambushes to Americans. Five Frenchmen, including a Roman Catholic priest, have been killed in recent months. Accurate figures on the number of Laotians killed will probably never be known. But attacks on civilians are only part of the story. The U.S. casualty figures do not include the loss of American airmen shot down on bombing missions in Laos These losses are kept secret. Lao military losses also are secret but they are known to be high. The ambushing of travelers on major roads fits into the Pathet Lao's strategy in its unprecedented wet season campaign to isolate the main towns held by government forces. At the same time, main Pathet Lao forces backed by 49,000 North Vietnamese regulars push down from . the northeast, picking off strategic towns and outposts along the way. Diplomats express a belief that the Pathet Lao is trying to destroy the neutralist faction in Laos' official three-pronged government. Rant 1968 Cars Firdi Chtvrditt ' Plymtutht Di4M s ,!38 8 noooooi 50 RENTAL CARS 373-6765 iQOOOCtf UNLIMITED ft FREE 0 MlEMf K tococooc W anted to Purchase APT. COMPLEXES SHOPPING CENTERS OFFICE BUILDINGS Recent construction Minimum R.R. '750,000 FAST CLOSING trektis Cooperation Inviltd FRED C. TRUMP Organization P.O. In 300 IrMklm, N.r. 11224 ADVERTISEMENT Mere Security With FALSE TEETH While Eating, Talking Coat ba so frld tbtt your falsa toeth will come loose or drop Just at the wrong time. 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Amerson figures he could save money by going into the service station business. He could buy gas wholesale, sell it to himself at cost and still get the tax deduction. "I've thought about doing it," he chuckled. . Amerson seems to have relaxed since his early days in office, when . newsmen found him reluctant to talk, almost distrustful. His role as a Negro sheriff has taken him across the nation for speaking engagements. Pictures on his office wall show him chatting with former President Johnson and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Amerson's Watched with great interest the election of six Negroes to county office in rural Greene County, 150 miles across-state to the west. He was born on a farm in Greene County. The victory of the black candidates over white incumbents gave the Negroes control of the county commission and the school board. Says Amerson, it "was the best thing that could have, happened." He is hopeful that the breakthrough in Greene County one of several counties, like Macon, where Negroes have a voting major- ity will facilitate the elec-i tion of Negroes elsewhere in Alabama. Until that comes about, Amerson says, and until Negroes get more equitable representation in local government, "bloc voting will continue." "Political power is some thing you have, to take," he observed. "People are not just going to give it up." But in years to come, Amerson predicted Negroes will "phase out" their bloc-voting habits and start supporting white and black candidates alike ,on the basis of "how the candidates talk about the issues and how they get out into the community and talk to the people." Macon was the first of the predominantly Negro counties to cast aside the racial barriers in voting under a federal court order, and the first to give Negroes a voting majority. ; Despite their control of the ballot box, Negroes have progressed already from bloc voting to the selective screening of candidates. White officials- have been elected in some instances In; , preference to Negro candidates. ADVERTISEMENT SIX IDEAS FOR COPING WITH LIFE Here are 6 valuable maxims that make problem solving easier and give you shortcuts to worthwhile goals. Learn from real-lifeexamples-and read the "best 11-word formula for getting along with people." Read Mini-Maxims for My Godson-one of 43 articles and features in the August Reader's Digest. 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